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Ryanair's Irish pilots to proceed with strike after talks fail

FILE PHOTO: Ryanair logo is pictured ahead of a news conference by Ryanair union representatives in Brussels

(Reuters) - Ryanair's <RYA.I> directly employed pilots in Ireland will strike for 48 hours next week, the Irish pilots' union Forsa/IALPA said on Wednesday, after mediated talks failed to bring an agreement with the company over the union's pay proposals.

To prevent a strike on Aug. 22-23, Ryanair management needed to make a counter-proposal by Aug. 14 that properly addressed all areas of the union's claim, Forsa/IALPA had demanded.

"No such counter-proposal was made at the mediation meeting today," Forsa/IALPA said in a statement.

Ryanair has called on its pilots and the union to return to the mediation with proposals that takes falling airfares and company profits into consideration, the airline said in a separate statement.

Irish pilots who are members of the Forsa/IALPA trade union voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action last week after accusing Ryanair of stalling on talks since pay demands were submitted in late March.

Europe's largest budget airline suffered a number of strikes a year ago after a rocky start to its move to recognise unions for the first time, and it is now also facing strike actions from its cabin crew in Spain over the company's plans to close several bases in the country.


(Reporting by Akshay Balan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler)