Ryanair cabin crew in Spain announce 12 more days of strike

MADRID, July 2 (Reuters) – Spain-based Ryanair cabin crew (RYA.I) plans to go on strike for 12 days this month to demand better working conditions, USO and SICTPLA unions said on Saturday, citing the prospect of travel chaos of the summer tourist season is getting underway.

The announcement came on the last day of the current crew strike, which began on Thursday and forced Ryanair to cancel 10 flights in Spain on Saturday.

Cabin crews will strike on July 12-15, 18-21 and 25-28 at the 10 Spanish airports where Ryanair operates, unions said in a statement.

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“Ryanair’s unions and crew … are demanding a change of attitude from the airline,” they said in a statement, calling on Ryanair to resume negotiations on, among other things, the payment of the minimum wage.

The unions urged the government “not to allow Ryanair to violate labor laws and constitutional rights such as the right to strike”.

In a statement on Saturday, Ryanair said it expects “minimal (if any) disruption to its flight schedules in July due to small and ill-supported Spanish labor strikes”.

Passengers are pictured in Ryanair’s check-in area at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport, on the first day of the airline’s Spanish cabin crew strike, in Madrid, Spain, June 24, 2022. REUTERS/Isabel Infantes/Files

However, it added that “air traffic control (ATC) strikes and staff shortages at airports across Europe (which are beyond Ryanair’s control) could cause minor disruption and passengers whose flights are disrupted… will be emailed. be notified by email/text.”

Ryanair cabin crew unions in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy had gone on strike in recent days, but the low-cost airline said less than 2% of its scheduled flights over the weekend had been affected. read more

Aviation workers across Europe have staged strikes as the sector adjusts to a resumption of travel after pandemic lockdowns were lifted. Staff shortages are the cause of long delays and queues. read more

Spain-based easyJet cabin crew (EZJ.L) is on strike for nine days this month for higher pay. The airline canceled five flights from Spain on Saturday. read more

Workers at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris went on strike on Friday and Saturday, canceling about 10% of flights. read more

In Portugal, also a top holiday destination, there are no ongoing strikes, but 65 flights to and from Lisbon are expected to be canceled on Saturday due to “a series of restrictions at several European airports,” according to airport management company ANA.

The Portuguese situation has mainly affected the services of airline TAP, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Long lines formed at the TAP help desk in Lisbon as frustrated passengers tried to either rebook or get their money back.

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Reporting by Jessica Jones; Additional coverage by Catarina Demony in Lisbon; Editing by Kevin Liffey, David Holmes and David Gregorio

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