On planes without a deal or a bottle of water: Ryanair crew strike before operation threatens


The French and Portuguese Union joined the Spanish strike for the month of June

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Ryanair and its passengers face the turbulent start of summer, following calls for a strike by cabin crew in Spain, a strike that was approved yesterday by workers in Portugal and which could involve other European Unions. Ryanair’s French cabin crew also went on strike on Sunday and Monday to demand better working conditions, and more than 40 flights were cancelled.

Strikes in our country are called to coincide with the first operation of the summer. They will be on the 24th, 25th and 26th, weekends and 30s, 1st and 2nd of July. It affects between 1,200 and 1,400 workers. The Portuguese union, SNPVAC, has called for a strike on 24, 25 and 26.

The company has called off the strike. Company CEO, Michael O’Leary,has said it would have a “small and insignificant” effect. He said there could be a small number of cancellations or delays, but there is “no support” for the proposed strike.

All EU demands are the same: better conditions and that Ryanair comply with the decisions of various courts on labor rights. In Spain, Cictpla and USO are looking for unions The airline sits down at the table to negotiate a collective agreement for this employee. They had been negotiating for eight months and a few weeks ago Ryanair unexpectedly announced a deal with CCOO that “has hardly been implemented among the company’s flight crews.”

“Third Worker”

According to cabin crew, this agreement only applies to union members. “Ryanair Crew We will continue to be third party workers, Our rights are still not respected. According to Lydia Arsanz, Secretary General of the USO Union Section at Ryanair, Ryanair is the only international company in our country without a collective agreement.

They condemn that, in addition to closing the deal behind the backs of unions representing the workforce, “Spanish labor law is still not in force.” Cabin crew “still are not entitled to the 22 working days of annual leave to which all employees in Spain are entitled, nor the 14 national holidays.”

The agreement with the CCOO talks of a pay increase that “actually corresponds to a productivity bonus that was abolished because of the pandemic”, a deduction that was struck down by the National Court of Justice. They condemn the fact that there are hourly contract workers who are paid less than SMI.

In addition, they criticize that family care obstructs rights to reduce working hours, that workers do not receive the legal model or their payroll in Spanish and that occupational risk prevention regulations are not respected. And one detail: they still do not deliver water on planes to their employees, who have to pay for it “at the expense of the aircraft charter”, they criticize the union. Now they give them a refillable bottle.

The airline defended that CCOO is the largest union in Spain and claims to have negotiated “collective agreements that cover 90% of workers in Europe.” “We have been improving those agreements in recent months as we recover from COVID. Those negotiations are going well and we do not expect a widespread interruption this summer,” says the Irish company, which believes That Organizing these unions in Spain “will not be supported by our employees”.

traffic recovery

These attacks took place at a time whenMany European airports are under pressure Given the rapid recovery of traffic, which is not accompanied by an increase in personnel to be able to assimilate these flows. This mainly happens in the airports of London and Amsterdam.

In addition, in Spain Airlines report problems with passport control, where they denounce that there are not enough agents. This is the first year since Brexit (the previous one was heavily marked by the pandemic and there was hardly any international tourism) and the British, who are our main issuing markets, now have to pass this passport control.

Ryanair’s CEO admitted yesterday that this summer he expects to register between 7% and 9% of traffic compared to 2019, before the pandemic broke out and what was already considered an exceptional year. “July, August and September are going to be very strong months with higher occupancy factors and higher rates,” O’Leary told Reuters. “Rates will probably go up in the single digits, 7%, 8% or 9% in the summer of 2019.”

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