"Salaries cut, crews without water and food".  Strike in Ryanair on Wednesday 8 June

Failure to meet minimum wages, cut wages, unpaid sickness and crews without water and food. These are some of the reasons that lead the Filt CGIL and Uiltrasporti unions to cross their arms for four hours, next Wednesday 8 June, in Ryanair, Malta Air and in the CrewLink company (which refer to the Irish company).

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“Next Wednesday, June 8, confirmed the 4-hour national strike, from 10 to 14, of pilots and flight attendants of the airline Ryanair, Malta Air and CrewLink“, say the acronyms in a note. In which, Filt Cgil and Uiltrasporti also denounce the” impossibility of opening a discussion dedicated to the problems that have afflicted the crew for months “.

“Among the open questions – explain the trade unions – the failure to comply with minimum wages provided for by the national contract, the continuation of an agreement on salary cuts (contingency agreement) no longer current, the arbitrary reductions in the paycheckfailure to pay sick days, the company’s refusal to grant days of compulsory leave during the summer season e lack of water and meals for the crew“.

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“In the absence of concrete signals from Ryanair – finally affirm Filt Cgil and Uiltrasporti – that of Wednesday 8 will be only the first strike action of a series that will affect the whole summer period”.

Other agitations, summoned separately, concern other pieces of our skies: the flight crew of EasyJet will protest “against the compression of rights which culminated in unjustified dismissals – explains Uiltrasporti – against the lack of operational solidity, to the detriment of passengers and crews and against the total deterioration of industrial relations. Volotea the union speaks instead of “a continuous anti-union conduct carried out by the company: unacceptable requests for salary reductions, promotions and economic upgrades at the sole discretion of the company to effectively exercise control over its employees, to which disciplinary disputes are added in contrast with the Italian legislation “.

The days of protest will be coordinated with the interested European trade unions for a shared and concentrated action at transnational level. And if the “legitimate requests” are not accepted by the two companies, Uiltrasporti warns, “this will be only the first of a series of protest actions that will make the summer ‘hot'”.

Also for Wednesday, meanwhile, other inconveniences are expected due to the strike called by Cub Trasporti: the ground workers of Alitalia-Sai, which is in receivership, and of Ita Airways will stop for four hours, from 13 to 17. The protest is due to the opposition to the “Alitalia stew which – according to what has been stated – is causing significant reductions in handling personnel in Rome and Milan and in maintenance employees in the capital”. “We are against the dismemberment of Alitalia and the privatization of Ita which is the tombstone on the project to relaunch a flag company”, says Antonio Amoroso, national secretary of Cub-Trasporti, adding: “In Fiumicino, in particular, Swissport, the the company that won the tender called by Alitalia for the sale of ground services, says it wants to hire only 1,451 people, a thousand fewer than the current workers “. And precisely in Fiumicino, an assembly is scheduled at Terminal T1 to decide how to “counteract employment cuts and regulatory worsening”.

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