Spanish Ryanair strike could spread to Belgium in June and July

Spanish Ryanair strike could spread to Belgium in June and July
Passengers boarding a Ryanair flight. Credit: Unsplash

The busy summer season could see disruptions as Ryanair employees in Spain are poised to strike at end of June and the start of July. Ryanair crew in Belgium could join the protest on some of these dates, reported Le Soir.

Spanish unions USO and SITCPLA announced the six-day strike (24, 25, 26 and 30 June along with 1 and 2 July) at a press conference on Monday, after negotiations with Ryanair management did not lead to the hoped-for results.

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Now, the two unions are consulting with five other unions across Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal to coordinate potential strike actions. Moving forward, it means that if a strike is announced in one of these other countries, the odds are higher that it will take place on the same days as in Spain.

Ryanair cabin crew in Belgium staged a walkout in April, in part to protest at the failure to reach a new collective agreement on wages and bonuses. At Zaventem and Charleroi airports, around 280 flights have been cancelled. Since then, Belgian pilots filed a strike notice, so cabin crew will decide on a new strike shortly.

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