March 8, 2021

Ryanair threatens to close its bases in Las Palmas, Tenerife and Gerona

The low-cost airline Ryanair has moved to the Union of Trade Union Obrara (USO) and the cabin crew union (Sitpla) its intention to close the Las Palmas and Tenerife Sur bases on January 8, as well as the end of Gerona's, with their respective layoffs. Faced with this threat, the unions have announced the strike call of their Passenger Cabin Crew (TCP). At the moment the date of the stoppages is unknown, but it is estimated that it will be next September. Sitpla considers Ryanair's “unjustifiable” in the face of losses, when it comes to a company “constantly increasing profits,” explained the organization's member, Manuel Lodeiro.

The mobilization responds to the "abusive behavior" of the airline "lowcost", as indicated by the general secretary of USO-Ryanair, Gustavo Silva. The unions have met with the company at the Interconfederal Mediation and Arbitration Service (SIMA) to build a negotiating table, but it has ended without an agreement. In fact, Ryanair representatives have requested a second meeting without mediation to announce the cuts. Both USO and Sitpla are “dismayed at the company's attitude”, which has already confirmed the definitive closure of its base in the Portuguese city of Faro, which will mean the dismissal of 120 employees.

Ryanair accumulates the protests of his staff. The workers at the base of the Portuguese airport called a strike between August 21 and 25. The union representatives suspect that the measure is a direct retaliation for the strike, since this base has registered a 95% increase in the number of passengers.

The recent movements of Ryanair derive from the uncertainty of Brexit to which the impact has been added by the delay in the deliveries of the order of 30 373 MAX aircraft, with which it counted for summer and whose deliveries are suspended.

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