UK pilots in dispute with Ryanair want shareholders at today’s annual meeting to “take the airline to task” over its industrial relations.

Members of the British Airline Pilots Association are staging a seven-day walkout from yesterday together with September 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29.

They first took part in four days of strikes in August and earlier in September.

The no-frills carrier previously insisted that less than 30% of its UK pilots supported the industrial action and it was able to operate all flights without any cancellations despite the walkouts.

Ryanair said: “We remain open to meeting with Balpa and we again call on them to return to talks as soon as possible as these failed strikes serve no purpose.”

The airline claimed 96% punctuality yesterday morning on the sixth day of what it described as “pointless strikes” and said it did not expect any strike-related disruption.

But the pilots’ union says the airline’s approach to industrial relations should be questioned by shareholders at the Ryanair AGM.

It said: “Balpa hopes that Ryanair’s shareholders recognise and challenge the abysmal state of industrial and employee relations within their airline and the see the reputational damage this will lead to if the strike action is allowed to go on indefinitely.”

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