Ryanair could face further disruption to its schedule this summer as Spanish unions threaten strike action throughout September.
Unions USO and SITCPLA have given the airline notice of planned walkouts across an array of dates in September affecting all 13 bases in Spain where Ryanair has a presence. The protests have come as a result of Ryanair’s plans to shut down its Las Palmas and Tenerife Sur bases on January 8, and its Girona base at an undisclosed date. There are 300 cabin crew employees working at these areas, and it’s estimate over a 100 lay-offs, though Ryanair has not confirmed. The strike dates have been announced for September 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 28.
Even though the peak travel season will be over by then, it clashes with the critical time of the year of the return to school and those British holidaymakers hoping to catch the last of the summer sun.
“We do not have the slightest hope of reaching any kind of understanding,” Jairo Gonzalo, USO union representative.
Ryanair isn’t the only airline facing potential industrial action over the summer. British Airways concluded talks with pilots’ union BALPA following a disagreement with pilots over pay, although it’s not yet known what the outcome of those negotiations has been. Meanwhile airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted have also faced the threat of industrial action in recent weeks.