Ryanair’s Ireland-based pilots have called two more one-day strikes on July 20 and July 24, as a conflict with the LCC’s management continues despite ongoing talks between the two sides.

The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA), a branch of union Forsa, said in a statement that the union and management had found some common ground in July 11 talks on a proposal that a joint working group could help the parties agree on a fair and transparent method to govern base transfer arrangements and related matters, but had failed to reach agreement on the terms of reference for such a group.

After a one-day strike went ahead July 12, the union issued a statement announcing two more.

“On a number of occasions in recent months, there have been suggestions that third-party facilitation could assist in reaching consensus on issues of disagreement,” IALPA said in a statement. “It is, therefore, regrettable that Ryanair management has so far rejected the suggestion of third party assistance.”

Dublin-based Ryanair canceled 30 flights between Ireland and the UK in anticipation of the July 12 industrial action, which Ryanair said was unnecessary given it had made written proposals on seniority, annual leave and base transfers to the pilots and the union.

“Given that today’s strike by 25% of our Irish pilots has achieved nothing, we hope that they will now accept our offer to set up a working group to discuss, explain and resolve their issues,” the airline said in a statement July 12.

Ryanair only began recognizing unions in December 2017 after a flight cancellations crisis forced it reverse course on its previous stance of dealing only with employee representative councils. So far, it has recognition agreements in place with UK and Italian pilot and cabin crew unions.

Helen Massy-Beresford/Aviation Week helen.massy-beresford@aviationweek.co.uk