Sunday, August 14

Unions extend and intensify Ryanair strike five months from August 8


Another five more months of strike at Ryanair in Spain and more intense. After the stoppages in the months of June and July, the labor conflict with the USO and Sitcpla cabin crew unions and the Irish low-cost airline worsened. Both unions have called a five-month strike from next August 8 to January 7. The stoppages will last 24 hours and will last from Monday to Thursday each week, El País has advanced and workers’ organizations confirm to elDiario.es.

The USO and Sitcpla unions call for a six-day strike at Ryanair between June and July in Spain

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The two unions thus increase the pressure against the Irish multinational in the face of Ryanair’s refusal to resume talks with both unions on a collective agreement for cabin crew in Spain.

“Given that Ryanair has not shown the slightest attempt to approach the unions but, on the contrary, has publicly stated its refusal to enter into any dialogue with the representatives chosen by its crew members, USO and SITCPLA have been forced to continue with the strike. and convene new conferences, listening to the workers”, point out both organizations.

There are already eleven workers fired

The unions have also explained that they are intensifying the strikes due to Ryanair’s repressive response to the mobilizations of the workforce, in which the dismissal of eleven cabin crew in the framework of the strikes in June and July stands out “for supporting the constitutional right to strike”, they insist.

USO and Sitcpla demand the “immediate reinstatement” of the eleven workers and also “the suspension and filing of all sanctioning files open to approximately 100 workers due to the previous strikes.”

Ryanair has justified the dismissals for non-compliance with minimum services, something that the workers and unions deny. This same maneuver has occurred in previous strikes, with several convictions of Ryanair for null dismissals and the violation of the right to strike.

The battle for the collective agreement

After many months of mobilizations, the USO and Sitcpla unions were endorsed by the workforce in 2019 to negotiate this framework of working conditions with the multinational. The negotiation lasted for months and months, marked by little progress and conflicts in the courts, won mostly by the unions.

Last May, Ryanair announced a bilateral agreement only with CCOO, for union members, and refused to continue negotiating with USO and Sitpla. This movement, which caught the other two organizations by surprise, has sparked the protests.

Both union organizations responded to Ryanair’s maneuver with the first days of strikes in the first two months of the summer. These have resulted in some flight cancellations and delays that the unions have reported in each call and that Ryanair has not specified to the media.



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