MADRID (Reuters) – Spain-based cabin crew at Ryanair plan to strike for 12 days this month to demand better working conditions, the USO and SICTPLA unions said on Saturday, raising the prospect of chaos in travel as the summer tourist season kicks off.
The announcement came on the final day of the current crew strike, which began on Thursday and forced Ryanair to cancel 10 flights to Spain on Saturday.
Cabin crew will strike from July 12-15, July 18-21 and July 25-28 at the 10 Spanish airports where Ryanair operates, the unions said in a statement.
“Ryanair unions and crew… demand a change of attitude from the airline,” they said in a statement, calling on Ryanair to resume negotiations on issues such as payment. minimum wage.
The unions also urged the government “not to allow Ryanair to violate labor laws and constitutional rights such as the right to strike”.
In a statement on Saturday, Ryanair said it expected “minimal (if any) disruption to its flight schedules in July due to minor and poorly supported strikes in Spain”.
He added that “air traffic control (ATC) strikes and staff shortages at airports across Europe (which are beyond Ryanair’s control) may however cause minor disruptions and passengers whose flights are disrupted …will be notified by e-mail/SMS”.
Ryanair cabin crew unions in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy had gone on strike in recent days, but the low-cost airline said less than 2% of its scheduled weekend flights -end had been affected.
Airline workers across Europe have staged walkouts as the sector adjusts to a resumption of travel after pandemic lockdowns were lifted. Staff shortages have been blamed for long delays and queues.
Spain-based cabin crew at easyJet are on strike for nine days this month for higher pay. The airline canceled five flights from Spain on Saturday.
Workers at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport went on strike on Friday and Saturday, forcing the cancellation of around 10% of flights.
In Portugal, also a top holiday destination, there are no ongoing strikes but 65 flights to and from Lisbon were due to be canceled on Saturday due to “a set of constraints at various European airports” , said the airport management company ANA.
The Portuguese situation mainly affected the services of the airline TAP, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Long queues formed at TAP’s Lisbon helpdesk as frustrated passengers tried to rebook or get a refund.
(Reporting by Jessica Jones; Additional reporting by Catarina Demony in Lisbon; Editing by Kevin Liffey, David Holmes and David Gregorio)