Dutch Ryanair pilots also planning strikes

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Ryanair pilots in the Netherlands will strike if the Irish budget airline does not take pilot union VNV's "one last chance" to come to a collective bargaining agreement. The union considers it unlikely that an agreement will be reached, a VNV spokesperson said, NU.nl reports.

VNV and Ryanair have been negotiating a collective bargaining agreement for some time, but the negotiations are at a deadlock, according to the union. "We doubt whether they want to come to a collective agreement", the spokesperson said. The union sent Ryanair its ultimatum on Tuesday. 

The Dutch pilots want Ryanair to use Dutch labor law, instead of the Irish labor law, which offers much less protection. They also want paid vacation, among other things.

Ryanair offers flights in the Netherlands from Eindhoven Airport, Schiphol, and Maastricht Aachen Airport.

The Irish budget airline already had to cancel flights this year due to strikes in Belgium, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland. CEO Michael O'Leary threatened to relocate more jobs to Poland if the strikes continue, according to the newspaper.