Ryanair cancels 400 flights but denies strike in Netherlands
Ryanair canceled about 400 flights on August 10, 2018, in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and Ireland due to a joint pilot strikes. The low-cost company claims operations will not be affected in the Netherlands, despite the Dutch personnel joining the movement.
The cancellations represent a sixth of 2400 flights scheduled for August 10th. 250 flights were reported canceled in Germany, 104 in Belgium, 22 in Sweden and 20 in Ireland. About 67.000 passengers should be affected. The scale of the strike makes it the biggest in Ryanair 34 years-history.
On August 9, 2018, the Dutch Airline Pilots Association (Vereniging Nederlandse Verkeersvliegers - VNV) announced they would join the strike. A day before, Ryanair asked the Harlem court to prevent Dutch pilots from striking, claiming they failed to provide a notice for the airline in due time. Despite the court ruling in favor of the VNV and allowing the strike, Ryanair still denies that any flights from the Netherlands would be cancelled on August 10, 2018.
Hi, all flights are scheduled to operate. You would receive an email or sms if your flight is affected. MM— Ryanair (@Ryanair) August 10, 2018
In Germany, Ryanair pilots are asking for a collective labor agreement with better working conditions, a better guarantee of the pilots’ rights. They also demand a raise in wages. As for Swedish, Dutch and Belgian pilots, they want to be employed according to local law rather than having Irish contracts, a recurring problem for Ryanair employees.
In July 2018, Ryanair’s flight assistants and ground personnel from Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain established common demands in a similar strike.
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