The USO and Sitcpla unions have called the cabin crew (TCP) of Ryanair in Spain to a six-day strike at the start of the summer. Specifically, they have announced 24-hour strikes on June 24, 25, 16 and 30 and July 1 and 2, which coincide with the first operation after the summer holidays, to ensure that the airline "resumes the negotiations of the first collective agreement".
European unions warn Ryanair of a strike this summer if it does not end several labor "irregularities"
The stoppage announcement takes place after Ryanair recently announced a bilateral agreement with CCOO to improve wage conditions for its members, and also its intention to negotiate the collective agreement with this union.
The Irish multinational had been discussing the agreement with USO and Sictpla for months, in a blocked negotiation, which takes place in the SIMA (mediation entity between companies and workers). The relationship between Ryanair and the two cabin crew unions has generally been very turbulent, marked by conflicts and lawsuits, largely won by unions.
The two workers' organizations recalled this Monday that the USO and Sitcpla were supported to negotiate the agreement in a vote among the workers in 2019. In any case, they are not the legal representation of the Ryanair workforce since there have never been elections in the company.
The strike call is addressed to "between 1,200 and 1,400 workers" of the airline, as explained by the union representatives at a press conference this Monday, reports Europa Press.
Strike threat in several European countries
The general secretary of the union section of USO in the Irish low-cost airline, Lidia Arasanz, recalled this Monday that "Ryanair is the only international company in Spain without a collective agreement."
“Ryanair has left the table after the announcement of possible mobilizations in Spain and other European countries against the breaches in labor matters that the company continues to carry out”, warned Manuel Lodeiro, vice president of SITCPLA at Ryanair.
In USO and Sitcpla they have insisted that the Irish multinational "has forced this strike" specifically in Spain also due to its agreement with CCOO. Ryanair has sought to "annul us as unions in the face of the refusal to sign the precarious conditions offered, for claiming decent working conditions for the tcp and denouncing their continuous breaches and violations", they have maintained.
“We have to return to the mobilization so that the reality of our situation is known, so that Ryanair is forced to comply with the application of basic labor rights and court rulings and to achieve an agreement and decent working conditions for the entire workforce”, stated Lidia Arasanz.