Belgium, Portugal, France and Italy join Spain

Belgium, Portugal, France and Italy join Spain

Ryanair is piling up the strikes at the beginning of the summer. So and as they warned, European unions have called strikes due to the working conditions of the staff of the Irish low-cost airline at the start of the summer season, with peak activity due to the holidays. Several days coincide with the strike already organized by the USO and Sitcpla unions in Spain. At the moment, there are strike days called in Spain, Belgium, Portugal, France and Italy, on different dates between June 24 and July 2. "In total, 2,700 Ryanair crew members are called to strike in the five countries where it is called," they indicate from the USO union.

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In Spain, USO and Sitcpla have summoned Ryanair cabin crew (TCP) to six days of strike, which begin this week. The twenty-four hour stoppages start this Friday, the 24th, and extend to: June 25, 26 and 30 and July 1 and 2 at the ten bases of the Irish airline in the country. The Spanish unions demand that Ryanair resume the negotiation of the collective agreement with both organizations after the bilateral agreement of the multinational with CCOO and your intention to negotiate the agreement with this union.

Strikes from July 14 to 26 in several countries

Along with Spain, there are other countries where Ryanair workers are called to stop at the end of this week. At the moment, the stoppages are framed in June, with fewer days of strike than in Spain.

In Portugal and Belgium there are three days of called stoppages. The Belgian ACV, PULS and CNE unions and the Portuguese SNPVAC have called for the Ryanair crew to stop in those countries on June 24, 25 and 26.

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On the other hand, in France, the SNPNC union has called a strike on June 25 and 26 and, from Italy, UILTRASPORTI and FILT-CGIL have done so on June 25, in a single day.

At the end of May, these European workers' organizations already warned Ryanair of strikes in a joint statement claiming that “Ryanair must change”. “We want 2022 to be the year of recovery, but also of true social dialogue. The management through fear at Ryanair must stop. The Ryanair cabin crew community deserves to be respected and refuses to be intimidated.

In USO and Sitcpla they consider that “the strike at Ryanair becomes a strike at the European level and is the confirmation that the company acts in the same way inside and outside of Spain: without applying the labor legislation of each country to its crew members; without executing judicial sentences; looking for unions without representation that guarantee precarious conditions for their crews, and using coercion and fear in the management of their personnel”.

Waiting for the minimum services in Spain

This Monday, the two Spanish unions have attended a meeting with Civil Aviation to try to set the minimum services of the strike in Spain, after last week the workers' organizations and Ryanair did not reach an agreement on the matter in an act of mediation.

"USO and SITCPLA have explained the need for the company to demand such basic issues as information on minimum services to the unions or the transfer through a reliable means to those workers who must operate a minimum service", they have warned the exit of the match from USO.

The unions have recalled the judicial resolutions of abusive minimum services in strikes from past years "so that the same thing does not happen again as in previous calls." The National Court annulled the minimum services agreed by Fomento for the first strike of Ryanair workers in Spain, on July 25 and 26, 2018, for example.

"From the unions we expect a response from the Administration that does not violate our right to strike and allows the Spanish workers of the Ryanair company to exercise the constitutional right that we deserve as such," the unions insist.

In the next few days, it is expected that the decree of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda will be known, which will determine the percentage of flights that will be minimum services of the strike days in Spain. From there, "Ryanair must designate the protected flights and the crews that will operate them," they explain in USO. The airline has also been condemned in the past for not respecting the right to strike in the pastreason why in the unions they demand that the company respect the legality in this occasion.

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