The union representing Ryanair pilots has accepted an invitation to attend talks aimed at averting strikes planned for next week.

Pilots have threatened industrial action if pay levels were not met by the airline.

Their trade union, the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (Ialpa), has accepted an invitation from mediator Kieran Mulvey to discuss the dispute today (Wednesday).

According to The Independent, the union is seeking “pay levels and structures that are in line with sector norms”.

Ialpa said 94% of Ryanair pilots who are members of Ialpa voted for industrial action.

 

British pilots employed in the UK by the Irish carrier have also voted for industrial action and are planning to strike on August 22, 23 and September 2, 3 and 4.

It comes as planned strikes at Heathrow on August 23 and 24 have been suspended as Unite union members which represents frontline airport staff, consider a new pay offer.