Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas – BBC News

Ryanair passengers face disruption to their Christmas travel plans after pilots and crew announced industrial action in a bid to win union recognition and better conditions.

In Ireland, 79 pilots based in Dublin will strike for one day on 20 December.

The airline, which does not recognise unions, said they represented about 28% of its Dublin-based captains.

Meanwhile, Ryanair pilots and cabin crew in Italy plan to strike for four hours on 15 December.

The airline said last week it would “ignore” the Italian move, claiming staff rarely heeded calls to walk out.

Pilots based in Portugal and Germany also plan industrial action.

Cockpit, the German pilots’ union, said its Ryanair members would strike for better pay and conditions if the airline refused to begin talks, but vowed not to disrupt flights over Christmas.

Ryanair said it would “not deal with or recognise” the German union “regardless of what action – if any – takes place”.

Unions have long argued that their airline fails to offer pilots the same pay and conditions as its rivals.

Impact, the Irish pilots’ union, said the dispute was “solely about winning independent representation for pilots in the company”, said official Ashley Connolly.

The union warned of further strikes if Ryanair failed to reach agreement with its members.

“Ryanair will deal with any such disruptions if, or when they arise, and we apologise sincerely to customers for any upset or worry this threatened action… may cause,” the company said.

It said the Dublin staff who planned to strike were a “small group of pilots who are working their notice and will shortly leave Ryanair, so they don’t care how much upset they cause colleagues or customers”.

Analysts at Goodbody said although there were deep divisions between pilots and Ryanair management, the “headlines are worse than the reality on the ground” they wrote in a note.

In September Ryanair said more than 2,000 flights would be cancelled this winter after it rearranged pilots’ rosters to comply with new aviation rules.

Later that month it announced 18,000 further flights would be cancelled over the winter season, affecting more than 700,000 passengers.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary wrote to its 4,200 pilots to apologise for the changes to their rotas and urged them not to leave the airline.

However, this week it warned Dublin pilots they would lose agreed benefits by striking.

Many of the airline’s pilots have joined unions following the cancellations, but Ryanair said it could legally decline to negotiate with them.

Some passengers face disruption after 79 Dublin-based pilots and others around Europe plan walkouts.

Source: Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas – BBC News

Chinese Whale Buys Fleet of F1 Cars Worth £4 Million with Litecoin – Bitcoin News

Used F1 For Sale, Second Hand from a Racer

A Chinese individual has agreed to purchase four rare F1 cars, valued about £4 million in total, from the UK’s Heritage F1 dealershipThe sale, subject to standard verification, is to be completed entirely in litecoin.

The flagship car in the fleet is the 2011 Sauber Ferrari C30 which was driven by Kamui Kobayashi (who achieved 5th place with the car at the Monaco Grand Prix) as well as by Mexican driver Sergio Perez. The vehicle has a carbon-fiber body, a 2,400 cc V8 engine, and seven-speed semi-automatic carbon-fiber gearbox.

All four cars are said to be fully raceable and track-worthy, but are also meant to appreciate in value as investments.

Luxury Investments

The F1 deal was orchestrated by London-based art dealer Eleesa Dadiani who we wrote about back in July. Her gallery offers buyers the opportunity to purchase art using bitcoin, ethereum, ethereum classic, ripple, litecoin, or dash.

Eleesa Dadiani, founder of Dadiani Syndicate, commented: “We are hugely excited to be conducting the sale of these exquisite machines in cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is not just about ‘getting rich’ – it is about facilitating trade and investment in a more transparent, decentralised way.”

Mike O’Connor, founder of Heritage F1, added: “The sale of this breath-taking collection of Formula One cars, in cryptocurrency, will set a new precedent and open up a whole new international market to us. There is increasing demand for the purchase of luxury assets in cryptocurrency, and we are confident that this sale, in partnership with Dadiani Syndicate, is just the first of many to come.”