RYANAIR employees from five countries – including Spain – are preparing for a 24-hour strike this month threatening to cause ‘travel chaos’ across Europe.
Labour unions have confirmed that Ryanair employees from Belgium, Italy, Holland, Portugal and Spain plan to go ahead with their strike action on September 28.
Several unions gathered in Brussels today for discussions and the 24-hour strike was confirmed as Yves Lambot a CNE delegate declared “discussions continue without results”.
Mr Lambot spoke regarding Ryanair’s proposal to upgrade all staff contracts by 2022, adding “This is too late for us. We want 2019”.
The strike will involve members for several parts of Ryanair’s operation from pilots to ground staff to cabin crews, all want national contracts for their country of residence and not the Irish contracts currently given to all employees.
Ryanair remain confident the union action will not cause travel chaos despite the action shaping up to be Ryanair’s biggest ever walkout.
Kenny Jacobs, marketing officer for the airline has said the labour unions are guilty of “repeated false claims”, claims Jacobs believes to be “unfounded”.
Ryanair have already promised to “pre-advise” passengers if their flight is due to be affected by the strike action, they anticipate this will be the case for “a small number” of flights.
Yesterday the airline was forced to deal with a German 24-hour walkout where 150 out of 400 flights were cancelled.
Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary rubbished yesterday’s strike, labelling it a “failure”.