Ryanair employees to extend strike until January

Ryanair’s cabin crew strike in Spain, which began in June, will last until January 2023 with regular 24-hour work breaks, two workers’ unions said on Wednesday.

A series of ongoing strikes over wages and working conditions at Ryanair in Spain, which has about 1,900 employees, began on June 24, as European schools began their summer holidays.

Six-day strikes were originally planned by the USO and SITCPLA, but earlier this month they decided to extend the strike until July 28.

The stops will affect 10 Spanish airports where Ryanair has bases.

“Ryanair has not made the slightest attempt to reconcile with the unions” and “publicly demonstrating a refusal to have any dialogue,” the USO and SITCPLA are “forced to extend” the strike, the unions said.

Another 24-hour strike is planned for the week beginning August 8.

Similar actions will take place “until January 7,” that is, within five months, the trade unions said in a statement.

The strikes in Spain are one in a series of similar strikes in other European countries at a time when the aviation sector was hoping to get rid of the Covid pandemic.

Hundreds of flights have been delayed and cancelled.

Ryanair insists the move had little effect on the company’s operations in Spain. The Irish airline claims to carry the most passengers in the Spanish market with over 650 routes in the country.

Ryanair is the only international company in Spain without a collective agreement, unions say.

Negotiations on working conditions with personnel began eight months ago.

Discussions ended with an agreement with the CCOO union, which represents a smaller number of workers. The USO and SITCPLA rejected the deal, deeming it insufficient to meet the needs of the staff.

In addition to improving working conditions, unions are demanding the return to work of 11 striking workers who were laid off last month.