Ryanair Strikes Confirmed for September
- Rhian King
The low-cost airline is arguing that the delay in the delivery of Boeing 737 Max planes, which were grounded over security concerns, combined with the fall in profits due to the higher costs for fuel and staff, have forced it to cut spending and consider closing the three bases of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tenerife Sur, Canary Islands and Girona, Catalonia.
Cabin crew unions have responded by announcing a strike in September to defend their jobs and to call for better working conditions. It is not known how many jobs could be lost or if personnel will be relocated to other bases. The meeting on Wednesday also failed in its goal to create a negotiating table for the first collective agreement.
500 Pilots & 400 Cabin Crew at Risk
After reporting a sharp fall in quarterly profits in July, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary warned that the company would be forced to cut jobs at the end of September and after Christmas. According to O’Leary, the airline has an excess of more than 500 pilots and about 400 cabin crew.
Gustavo Silva, the secretary general of USO-Ryanair, said: “This playing the victim over alleged losses is unjustifiable, when it is a business that is constantly increasing its profits.”
Dates have been confirmed for the Spanish strike in September, the strikes will take place on the 1st, 2nd, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th and 28th. This comes as the Ryanair crew in the United Kingdom also plan work stoppages. UK-based pilots have also called a strike for August 22nd and 23rd and between September 2nd and 4th.
Palma Passport Strike
A late addition – Tricia Templeton has posted information on a passport control staff strike at Palma international airport in Mallorca on or from 24th August. Though in Mallorca the knock on effect of delays will be felt further afield, most certainly including Ibiza.