Trade unions announce next strike at Ryanair

Directly from the dpa news channel

Brussels (AP) – Passengers of Ryanair should expect further strikes from Europe's largest low-cost airline. After the strike at German bases, trade unions have called for work interruptions in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands on 28 September.

Just in time for the start of the autumn holidays, the biggest strike in the history of the company takes place, according to a press conference in Brussels. The stewardesses want to strike in all five countries and the pilots in Italy.

According to the Belga news agency, trade unions require the application of national labor legislation, not just Irish. Whether other countries or pilot associations join is still open. The trade unions have also announced that they will strike every month if the company does not respond to their requirements.

Ryanair contradicts the trade union announcements of a "reischaos". The experiences so far this summer have shown that the vast majority of employees also appear in the service during labor disputes. The vast majority of the more than 400,000 passengers will also be transported on 28 September, said marketing manager Kenny Jacobs. In many German states the date is the last school day before the autumn holiday.

As an example of the alleged minor effects, the airline drew attention to the joint 24-hour strike of flight attendants and pilots stationed in Germany on 12 September. Ryanair had canceled 150 of the 400 scheduled flights to and from Germany. The remaining connections were performed as planned with two exceptions, according to the company. More than 70 percent of German staff came on duty.


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