RYANAIR pilots and cabin crew are striking in Germany today (Wednesday) which has led to the cancellation of 150 of the 400 flights due to operate in the country.
It’s the latest walk out that has hit the Irish budget airline throughout the summer across Europe.
The strike which began at midnight follows a disagreement over pay and working conditions.
Ryanair has confirmed that 37 per cent of their 400 German flights have been cancelled.
Ingolf Schumacher, from the German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit said, “Despite the clear signal sent with the strike in early August there’s still standstill at the negotiation table.”
The airline hit back in a statement saying, “The VC union, which threatened this strike late on Monday evening, has not consulted with Ryanair’s German pilots, and has no reasonable basis for disrupting customers travel plans when Ryanair has already agreed to negotiate local contracts in Germany, agreed to mediation, and has proposed Mr Kieran Mulvey, who successfully mediated the Irish pilots dispute, is therefore familiar with all of these issues, and is available to work immediately.”
Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said, “To minimise customer disruption, Ryanair have been forced to cancel 150 flights of 400 flights to/from Germany tomorrow, Wed 12 Sep and all affected customers have been notified and informed of their options.”
However, one Twitter user said, “No flights are listed as cancelled even though they know pilots and cabin personnel won’t show up.
“Not sure what game it is they’re playing, but it’s infuriating.”
A strike across five countries last month affected Ryanair 55,000 passengers.
But the airline has recently reached a deal with Irish and Italian pilots after discussions with their unions.
— Manchester Airport (@manairport) September 12, 2018
Ryanair Cancel 150 Of 400 Flights To/From Germany On Wed (12 Sep) Due To Unnecessary Pilot Strike
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— Ryanair (@Ryanair) September 11, 2018
Der Inhalt von #Tarifverträgen sind Sache der Tarifparteien. Die Frage ob sich Unternehmen den geltenden Gesetzen entziehen wollen, darf die Politik nicht ignorieren. #streik @Ryanair pic.twitter.com/IaBB9Kvw6S
— Vereinigung Cockpit (@vcockpit) September 11, 2018
@Ryanair As consequence of the strike tomorrow, many flights from Germany will be cancelled, I suppose.
If so, when is this approximately announced? What are my rights then, can we book a flight to our destination with another airline from an airport nearby free of charge?
— Do mi (@ilDominico) September 11, 2018
Excellent, Hope you are proud of your actions. Impacting on travellers and the human stories behind their journeys. Disgusting that you call a strike giving no notice to people who have booked months in advance.
— Shane McGuigan_AGP (@ShaneAGP) September 11, 2018