Michael O'Leary: “A strike in Belgium? Your country is small by Ryanair standards.”Friday, 21 September 2018 13:19
Charleroi is perceived as a small airport base for Ryanair. Mr O'Leary says, “We have 8 planes based in Charleroi (editor’s note: 14 in the summer season), I believe, out of the 450 in total. Belgium constitutes less than six percent of our traffic.” He maintains, “We’re coming into the winter period with fewer flights planned, therefore it is certainly not a good idea for our staff to go on strike.” He is convinced that there will be no strike action. The CEO says confidently, “These are threats of strike action, which is a different thing.”
The company head concedes, “The trade unions are back at Ryanair and we must adapt to this new reality, as we did a few years ago when learning to be less assertive towards our passengers. We are also therefore prepared to consider local contracts for our staff based outside of Ireland, as the trade unions are demanding.”
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