EU threatens strike at Ryanair this summer if it doesn’t improve working conditions


A Ryanair counter at Madrid-Barajas Airport
A Ryanair counter at Madrid-Barajas Airport

European Cabin Crew Union Ryanairincluding two Spaniards, They plan to strike this summer if management of the low-cost carrier doesn’t improve conditions. of these employees. Thus the company could face the chaos of a new summer without restrictions due to COVID in the first summer and was expected to increase capacity and operations.

Seven federations of Belgium, Portugal, Italy, France and Spain (Citpla and USO) threatened to go on strike And Ryanair does not take action and this has been transmitted in a letter to the management. It and workers’ representatives held several meetings last week to address the situation in cabin crew.

USO sources reveal that the company continues to commit irregularities, that it has not followed court decisions and They demand a pay increase for this group of employees. As they explain, they also call for an end to the illegal assignment of workers.

This is not the first time an Irish company has faced this problem. In 2018, before the pandemic, the airline had already called stoppages in July and had to cancel hundreds of flights. Sources close to the company say that “if there is a break in the summer months, the company will be forced to suspend flights again to the affected countries”.

Ryanair plans to hire more employees for the summer, as well as increase the number of flights. The company held an event in Spain a few weeks ago to celebrate its 20th anniversary in which it announced that They plan to create about 1,000 new jobs every year, until they reach 10,000 in four years.

Today its workforce in Spain is 6,000 people. In our country, the company expects to reach 50 million passengers this year and will also open new bases and routes.

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