Ryanair cabin crews announce massive joint strike
Ryanair’s flight assistants and ground personnel from Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain established common demands for better working conditions and a raise in wage. Italian cabin crew will strike for 24-hour on July 25, 2018 and crew in Spain, Portugal and Belgium will hold a strike for 48 hours between July 25 and 26, 2018.
The statement announcing industrial action was signed by Belgium's CNE/LBC, Spain's SITCPLA and USO, Portugal's SNPVAC and Italy's Ultrasporti union.
Ryanair’s flight assistants and ground personnel from Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain established common demands for better working conditions and a raise in wage. The “Ryanair crew charter” lists changes that the low-cost carrier should enforce to align with its competitors, according to unions. It was established by unions from 80% of Ryanair 86 bases. The demands include rest periods, sick pay and a general raise of wages.
It also asks for local labor law to be recognized in employment contracts. This detail has been a recurring problem for Ryanair employees. In 2014, the carrier was ordered by the court of Aix-en-Provence to pay a fine of €8,3 million for employing local workers in Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) with an Irish contract.
Earlier in the week, on July 3, 2018, the Irish pilot union Forsa/IALPA voted a 24 hours strike on July 12, 2018. About 100 pilots should participate in the movement. They are protesting against the transfer of some jobs from Dublin to others bases, some in Africa. Ryanair asked in a letter to Forsa to call off the strike and hold a meeting.
Ryanair calls on FORSA to call off strike and meet: pic.twitter.com/aLWPY73Fwi— Ryanair (@Ryanair) July 4, 2018
As for Ryanair pilots from Germany and Netherlands, they could also take industrial action in August 2018.
In December 2017, Ryanair already dodged a similar strike by recognizing unions for the first time in 32 years of existence. However, several unions are still struggling to conclude collective labor contracts with the low-cost giant, hence the new call for industrial action.