"There are currently no negotiations going on between the the Swedish Air Line Pilots Association and Ryanair. Mediators have been involved since last week, but no mediation has begun, and that is because Ryanair refuses to meet with the representatives of SPF that we choose," said Martin Lindgren is the chairman of the pilot's association SPF.
The Swedish Ryanair pilots do not earn less than at other airlines in Sweden, but they don't have the right to a pension, health benefit and Swedish working hours. They want a collective bargaining agreement with Ryanair.
Eighty percent of the Swedish Ryanair pilots are members of the union, but Ryanair does not want to negotiate with the union representatives, only directly with the pilots. The designated mediator is not allowed to speak to the union either, according to Ryanair.
The strike concerns 22 flights that had been scheduled to arrive or depart from Skavsta, an airport that lies about 100 km away from Stockholm, on Friday. The passengers have been informed and offered money back or a place in a later departure. In an e-mail to Swedish Radio News, Ryanair notes that, since it is high season, it may be difficult to find available seats on the later departures. Apart from that, the company does not want to comment, but did call the planned strike "unnecessary" in a notice to their customers, which was posted on their website on Wednesday morning.