Ryanair Cabin Crew, based in Spain, have called for a six-day strike later this month after pay talks collapsed.
Union officials for the USO and SITCPLA announced at a press conference on Monday that the walkout could take place from June 24 to July 2.
‘Acting In Bad Faith’
USO and STCPLA said in a joint statement that Ryanair lacked commitment to dialogue and accused the airline of acting in bad faith.
Negotiations on a collective agreement made “almost made no progress” due to the unions’ “unrealistic demands and refusal to meaningfully engage,” a letter from Ryanair said following the failed talks.
Both union parties have said that after their demands for higher pay were not met, they have “no other option” but to carry out strike action.
The action in Spain could also filter through to the airline’s other bases in Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal if the airline does not negotiate with SITCPLA.
At this point, there has been no talks of a walkout in the UK. However, as many flights to the UK originate from Spanish bases, it could significantly impact the airline’s bucket-and-spade flights during a peak period.
A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “Ryanair has negotiated collective agreements covering 90% of our people across Europe. In recent months we have been negotiating improvements to those agreements as we work through the Covid recovery phase. Those negotiations are going well and we do not expect widespread disruption this summer.”
“In Spain, we are pleased to have reached a collective agreement with CCOO, Spain’s largest and most representative union, delivering improvements for Spanish-based cabin crew and reinforcing Ryanair’s commitment to the welfare of its cabin crew. These announcements by the much smaller USO and SITCPLA unions are a distraction from their own failures to deliver agreements after three years of negotiations and we believe that any strikes they call will not be supported by our Spanish crews.”
The airline currently employs around 1,400 crew in Spain.
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