Irish Ryanair pilots are to strike for two days next week, escalating an internal pay row at the budget airline.

Pilots are going to strike for 48 hours from 12.01am on Thursday, August 22nd – matching planned industrial action from British pilots.

A strike notice was served on Dublin headquartered Ryanair on Wednesday after mediation stalled earlier in the day.

Last Wednesday members of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) employed with the low-cost carrier voted 4-1 in favour of a strike with a 72% turnout.

BALPA’s demands include “pensions; loss of license insurance; maternity benefits; allowances; and a fair, transparent, and consistent pay structure,” it said in a statement.”

British strikes will be held from August 22nd to 23rd and again from September 2nd to 4th unless an agreement can be forged.