Ryanair employees prepare for strikes. This means serious difficulties for tourists. Strikes will take place in many European countries in June and July. Lufthansa staff will also join the protests.
Trade unions representing Ryanair airlines – ACV and BBTK – announced on June 17 difficulties that will occur in the first week of summer holidays in 2022, the Reuters Agency reports. Trade unions demand, inter alia, improvement of working conditions and compliance with labour law . Postulates slightly differ depending on the country.
Ryanair employees strike. There will be difficulties
Ryanair’s low-cost airline employees will strike in the following countries:
- Belgium – from June 24 to 26;
- France – June 25 and 26;
- Spain – from June 24 to 26 and from June 30 to July 2;
- Portugal – from June 24 to 26;
- Italy – June 25.
Lufthansa employees are also announcing a strike. The airline’s crew will protest from June 23 to 25.
Ryanair: This is complete bullshit
Ryanair’s trade unions explain that the strike is the result of the carrier’s failure to comply with Belgian labour law. They mention, among others, the issue of the minimum wage and the payment of staff for certain pre- and post-flight work.
A Ryanair spokesman commented that trade unions should get back into negotiations rather than obstructing Belgian customers’ travel. In turn, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said the unions’ accusations were “utter nonsense”.
“We fully comply with Belgian law, we have signed employment contracts with both pilots and other cabin crew,” said Michael O’Leary, quoted by the Reuters Agency. He added that less than 40 percent suffered in the strike in April.