Spanish Ryanair pilots threaten strikes in September
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14th August – Potential strike dates announced
Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in Spain have announced plans to hold 10 days of strikes in September unless the airline changes its plans to close several bases in the country.
The SITCPLA and USO workers’ unions said in a statement they planned to formally lodge notice of strikes unless Ryanair makes concessions in the coming days.
The strikes are planned for 1-2 September, as well as the 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th and 28th.
Unions representing Ryanair staff in Britain, Ireland and Portugal have also announced plans to strike in the coming weeks over pay and conditions. Details of the UK strikes HERE
10th August – PILOTS with Ryanair’s Spanish division have threatened to walk out with cabin crew in September over plans to dismiss around 100 of them, their union has said.
The Spanish Pilots Union (SEPLA) said it would not accept the ‘arbitrary’ dismissal of the pilots which come as part of Ryanair’s plans to cut staff numbers.
The airline claimed they are overstaffed and plan to sack a total of 900 pilots and cabin crew across Europe. Spanish pilots make up 20 per cent of the 500 pilots facing dismissal across Europe.
SEPLA claimed the reasons for the dismissal had not been properly explained or legally justified.
Ryanair said overstaffing and costs related to the delay in the delivery of 30 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft were among the reasons for the sackings.
It comes as Ryanair announced plans to close its bases in Gran Canaria and Tenerife and is also considering shutting one in Girona, Cataluña.
“This is having a direct impact on pilots who face constant uncertainty about their future,” SEPLA said.
SEPLA’s strike threat follows plans from the SITCPLA and USO cabin crew unions to walkout in Septemer.
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