Ryanair strike to hit Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Netherlands.
Yet another strike by Ryanair workers – this time by cabin crew – promises to make Friday 28 September a disaster day for low-cost passengers.
Ryanair management insists that accords with the three major unions have been achieved and will result in improved working conditions from October, and predicts Friday’s strike will be “a failure”. Following agreements reached with unions in Ireland and the United Kingdom, said Eddie Wilson, Chief People Officer at Ryanair, “we are happy to welcome agreements with three unions representing Italy-based cabin staff.”
But staff continue to promise a strike every month until the company is prepared to sit at the table with all the unions involved, not just some of them. The transnational movement “RyanairMUSTchange”, they say, is still protesting.
According to the union representing Ryanair staff in Belgium, Friday’s strike – involving cabin crews based in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands – will be bigger that the action last July which brought the cancellation of 600 flights across Europe, or 12 per cent of the company’s traffic, and left some 55,000 passengers stranded.
And this time the possibility is being mooted that Ryanair’s staff in Germany could also join in.
Statements and counter-statements continue to be offered to the media, and it is unlikely to become clear before Friday exactly how many flights will be cancelled.
Travellers with tickets for Ryanair flights on Friday will need to consult the travel updates page of the Ryanair website up to the last minute to learn whether they will be able to fasten their seat-belts for takeoff.
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