Travel disruption for Spain may continue as Ryanair workers plan further industrial action.
New plans for strike action has been announced as Spanish workers could walk out for as many as four days a week. This may last until January of next year according to unions.
The budget airline has been in a dispute over both pay and working conditions with the USO and Sitclpa union groups. Following action that took place in June as well as this month, the unions are unhappy with negotiations and are now planning to strike on a weekly basis.
The Irish Mirror reports that the unions have planned strike action to take place from Monday to Thursday every week from August 8 until January 7.
The action will aim to improve pay and conditions for current workers, but will also seek to have fired workers reinstated. The union claims 11 cabin workers in Spain were fired during the recent industrial action that took place for 18 days throughout June and July.
Leader for USO’s Ryanair section Lidia Aransanz said the new strike days were a consequence of Ryanair being unable “to listen to the workers.”
“As the company has been unable to listen to the workers, we have been forced to call new strike days,” she said.
Members are asking for 22 days of holiday and two extra months payment per year in line with Spanish laws.
The strikes had minimal impact on tourists heading on holiday as the country’s regulations force airlines and staff to maintain a minimum service. Ryanair has played down the likely impact of strike action, with the budget airline saying it expected minimal disruption in Spain this winter.
A spokesperson said: “Ryanair has recently reached an agreement with the main Spanish CCOO union on pay, rosters and allowances for its Spanish cabin crew. Recent strikes by USO/SITCPLA have been poorly supported with minimal effect.
“Ryanair has operated over 45,000 flights to/from Spain over the last three months with less than 1% affected by crewing and Ryanair expects minimal (if any) disruption this winter.”
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