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Dublin-based airline CityJet's workers will be striking over 13 days over the Christmas season.
Unite, the airline representing the pilots working for CityJet, has notified the airline of their stoppages starting next Thursday, November 24.
The strike action comes after 82% of those working there voted to escalate the limited industrial action which commenced in September following CityJet’s refusal to allow the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to refer issues in dispute to the Labour Court.
Those represented by Unite have given a notification to strike for 24 hours starting at 00:01 on the following dates, including the four days immediately prior to Christmas Eve, December 20-23.
- Thursday November 24
- Friday November 25
- Thursday December 1
- Friday December 2
- Thursday December 8
- Friday December 9
- Wednesday December 14
- Thursday December 15
- Friday December 16
- Tuesday December 20
- Wednesday December 21
- Thursday December 22
- Friday December 23
Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley had this to say about the matter:
In addition to our ongoing pay issues with CityJet, which the company refuses to allow the WRC to refer to the Labour Court in contravention of an agreement with Unite obliging them to attend the Court, the company is now threatening to terminate their agreement with Unite in respect of pilot representation. This would deny our members the right to be collectively represented by the union of their choice.
Other issues in dispute range from the company’s refusal to adequately compensate pilots who are being moved to CityJet’s Amsterdam base to the imposition to ‘Bond Payments’ to secure a job with the company.
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of CityJet employees, the airline has won several awards in recent years. Unfortunately, thanks to their recent persistent refusal to engage constructively with our members, and to use mechanisms such as the WRC, they aren’t in line for any industrial relations prizes.
The resolution of this dispute is in CityJet’s hands and as always Unite remains available for engagement directly with CityJet or under the auspices of the WRC.
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