Not just Belgium: Strikes disrupt nearly 200 Ryanair flights in Spain

Not just Belgium: Strikes disrupt nearly 200 Ryanair flights in Spain
Ryanair plane at Charleroi Airport. Credit: Belga

Due to strikes at the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, 15 flights have been cancelled and 175 more have been delayed, report different Spanish media. Among other things, the staff demands a higher wage.

The Spanish unions also announced 12 additional days of strikes: from July 12 to 15, from July 18 to 21 and from July 25 to 28, De Standaard writes. The strikes will take place at the ten Spanish airports where the Irish company is present.

Cabin crew strikes have been affecting the company in Belgium in the past few weeks, as 180 flights were cancelled at the end of June and thousands of passengers were affected.

According to the Christian trade unions CNE and ACV, Ryanair did not respect Belgian labour law in its proposals. Complaints are also made about errors in the pay slips.

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Following the strikes in Belgium, Ryanair’s HR manager Darrell Hughes wrote to the company’s staff, denying the impact of their strikes: “These unnecessary strikes resulted in the cancellation of our base traffic, but over 60% of our flights were unaffected.”

“These strikes will achieve nothing and will only serve to cost you money and delay the outcome of your working conditions,” he wrote. The company reminded employees that the strikes barely affected 2% of its activity, out of more than 2,500 flights per day.

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