The Spanish employees of the low-cost airline launched this strike on June 24 to demand an improvement in working conditions, at the call of the Union Syndicale Ouvrier (USO) and the Independent Union of Airline Crew (SITCPLA) .
Originally, a six-day strike was planned. But the USO and the SITCPLA decided in early July to extend this movement until July 28, which affects all ten Spanish airports where the Irish company has bases.
“Ryanair having not made the slightest attempt at rapprochement with the unions” and “having publicly expressed its refusal to engage in any dialogue”, the USO and the SITCPLA “are being forced to extend” again “the strike”, assured these two unions in a press release.
New 24-hour work stoppages will thus take place from August 8, from Thursday to Friday. This movement will continue “until January 7 inclusive”, that is for a period of five months, specify the USO and the SITCPLA.
The strike by Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew came on top of a series of walkouts in several other European countries, such as Belgium, France and Italy. It has resulted in recent weeks in hundreds of flight cancellations and numerous delays.
According to the company, the disruptions nevertheless remained minor with regard to Ryanair’s activity in Spain. The Irish group claims to be the company that carries the most passengers in the Spanish market, with “more than 650 routes” offered in the country.
Ryanair, the only international company not to have a collective agreement in Spain, according to the unions, started negotiations eight months ago on the working conditions of its flight crew in the country.
She finally put an end to the discussions after an agreement reached with the union CCOO (Workers’ Commissions), a minority among the flight personnel. This agreement was rejected by the USO and the SITCPLA, which consider it insufficient.
In addition to improving working conditions for the company’s 1,900 cabin crew in Spain, the unions are calling for the reinstatement of 11 striking employees dismissed in the last month.