Sunday, September 25

Ryanair workers begin their third strike of the summer on Monday

Ryanair’s cabin crew (TCP) will begin their third strike of the summer on Monday, called again by the USO and Sitcpla unions due to the refusal of the low-cost Irish airline to resume negotiations on the new collective agreement.

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The strike, which will last until January 7, 2023, will take place through 24-hour week stoppages from Monday to Thursday, to which about 1,600 workers belonging to the Ryanair, Crewlink and Workforce companies are called.

The call is added to the stoppages called at the end of June and for much of July by USO and Sitcpla, and which have caused cancellations and delays at the Spanish airports where Ryanair operates, especially in Barcelona-El Prat and Palma de Mallorca. .

In the first twelve days of the strike, the company has scheduled a total of 4,998 flights at its Spanish bases, located at the airports of Madrid, Malaga, Barcelona, ​​Alicante, Seville, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Girona, Santiago de Compostela and Ibiza .

According to data from the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, 1.04 million passengers could be affected in these first days, with an average of 130,600 travelers each day. The strike will last until the beginning of January, coinciding with the holiday period of August and Christmas, times when very high levels of traffic are usually recorded.

During the strike, the ministry has set minimum services that range from 68% to 85% on domestic flights to or from the islands, and from 36% to 60% on peninsular flights whose travel time on public transport is equal to or greater than 5 hours and international flights.

As for peninsular national flights whose travel time on public transport is less than 5 hours, which at the moment during the strike days are scheduled only in Barcelona, ​​the minimum services range between 34% and 38%.

Unions denounce “abusive” minimum services

In previous calls, the unions have denounced the “abusive” minimum services set by Transport, as well as the company’s actions, operating practically 100% of the flights, despite the protection percentages set by law. In addition, the unions claim that the company has fired 11 workers during the two previous strikes, violating their right to go on strike.

The stoppages occur in a context marked by the airport “chaos” that a large part of the main European airports are suffering this summer, due to the rapid recovery in demand, labor disputes and staff shortages.

From USO they have underlined in statements sent to the media that with these new days of strike they seek that the company “comply with the legislation and the sentences won” as well as the reinstatement of 11 workers “unfairly dismissed for exercising the right to strike” and the withdrawal of more than 100 open sanctioning files.

USO demands from the company “a gesture of rapprochement” and that it “sits down” to listen to workers in search of an agreement, has disgraced the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, who has “ignored” them and has demanded mediation from the Government. “The company must be aware of the strength of the workers (…) they have five very hard months ahead,” they stress.