Ryanair announces strike in Spain – at the beginning of the summer holidays

For “decent working conditions”
At the start of the holidays – Ryanair employees in Spain called on strike

At the start of the summer holidays, Ryanair employees in Spain are called to go on strike

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With the Ryanair strike, further travel problems are announced. At the beginning of the summer holidays, employees in Spain are being asked to stop working.

The chaotic conditions at Europe’s airports could come to a head at the beginning of the holidays. Airports across the continent are understaffed. The result was hundreds of flights canceled at short notice in the past few weeks and thousands of travelers who were stuck as a result. An announced strike by Spanish Ryanair employees could further aggravate the situation at the start of the holidays.

The unions in the popular holiday destination have called on the employees of the low-cost airline to go on strike at the end of the month. The Irish airline’s Spanish workers were scheduled to walk out from June 24 to July 2, unions USO and SITCPLA said in a joint statement on Monday. The unions are demanding “decent working conditions for all staff” at the airline.

Ryanair strike exacerbates travel chaos at airports

According to the unions, Ryanair is the only international airline without a collective agreement that sets the working conditions for Spanish staff. Although the airline had reached an agreement with a smaller union, the USO and SITCPLA felt that this was insufficient and violated Spanish labor law. Ryanair said the agreement has brought real improvements for staff.

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The planned work stoppage could further affect travel in Europe at the start of the holidays. Several airlines and airports are currently struggling with staff shortages after downsizing during the coronavirus pandemic. Lufthansa, for example, has announced that it will cancel 900 flights to and from its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich in the holiday month of July alone. In addition, there is a threat of further strikes due to demands for wage increases and better working conditions.


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