The largest strike in the history of Ryanair returns to the load this Monday and already leaves, with data until 11:00, six canceled flights and 78 delays. It is the first of four days of strikes to which the cabin crew of Ryanair in Spain are called this week by the USO and Sitcpla unions, within the third strike within the company this summer, which will last until January 7, 2023with 24-hour strikes from Monday to Thursday, to which nearly 1,600 workers belonging to the Ryanair, Crewlink and Workforce companies are called.
The largest strike in the history of Ryanair begins with "dozens" of threats to crew members on medical leave
As reported by USO with data up to 11:00 a.m. this Monday, a holiday in Spain for the Assumption of the Virgin, four of the cancellations have affected flights with origin or destination in Barcelona-El Prat, and another two, with departure or arrival at Palma de Mallorca airport.
The delays have affected Palma de Mallorca the most, with 19 delayed departure or arrival flights; Barcelona, with 14; Malaga, with 12; Madrid, with 8; Alicante and Ibiza, both with 7; Valencia, with 5; Santiago, with 3; Girona, with 2, and Seville, with 1. The stoppages affect the ten Spanish bases in which Ryanair operates (Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona, Girona, Santiago de Compostela, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca).
After the strikes in June and July, USO and Sitcpla maintain weekly stoppages, from Monday to Thursday, until January 7, 2023. During the mobilization, the Ministry of Transport 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 by 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%.
The protest seeks that the airline guarantee minimum rights in labor legislation, such as annual vacations and the minimum wage, and that it reinstate the 11 workers fired during the June and July strikes, in addition to lifting almost 100 other disciplinary files. The unions also denounce that the company has recovered one of its pressure maneuvers on the workforce: threatening letters to workers on medical leave.
The labor dispute broke out when Ryanair signed an agreement with job improvements with CCOO (only for its members) behind the backs of the USO and Sitcpla unions, which had been negotiating the collective agreement for the cabin crew of the Irish airline since 2019. A negotiation, interrupted by the pandemic and very stuck, even despite the intermediation of the State, and which has been marked by great conflict between both parties and multiple sentences to the multinational. Laura Olías reports.
This Sunday, andn an interview for elDiario.es, Elena Cabrera, head of communication for the Irish low-cost airline in Spain and Portugal, ruled out that this call will last over time, although she denied that the company was going to sit down with the unions. “Is Ryanair willing to sit down and talk with the unions to stop the strike?” elDiario.es asked Cabrera in a telephone interview. ”Why are we going to sit down with unions with which we have spent four years [hablando] totally unsuccessful?“, he replied.