• May 28, 2023

Ryanair, six days of strike in Spain. Towards a unitary demonstration also in other countries, including Italy

MILAN – Six days of strike in Spain for the staff of the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair. This was decided by the organizations representing Iberian workers (USO and SITCPLA), thus raising the pressure to see their requests recognized in a moment of great tension for air traffic.

“We must resume the mobilization in order to make known the reality of our situation”, said in a statement Lidia Arasanz, general secretary of the Ryanair section of the USO, “and that Ryanair is forced to respect the basic labor laws”. The strike days will be on 24, 25, 26 and 30 June and on 1 and 2 July.

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The traffic expectation for Ryanair is to return to the levels of summer 2019 and, seen from the eye of the investors as does the Bloomberg, the presence of these strikes risks being a problem for low-cost managers. The Spanish tug-of-war has been going on for some time: at the beginning of the month Ryanair had stopped the talks, while the unions had threatened the strike complaining of the lack of progress towards the collective agreement.

Even in Italy, the company has just returned from a recent strike (June 8) that the unions called, complaining “the failure to comply with minimum wages of the national contractthe continuation of an agreement on the cut wages (contingency agreement) that is no longer current, the arbitrary curtailments of the paycheck, the non-payment of sick days, the refusal to grant days of compulsory leave during the summer season and the lack of water and meals for the crew “.

For the Spanish agitation, the Iberian acronyms are seeking coordination with representatives of other countries: France, Belgium, Portugal and Italy itself, reports the financial agency. The intention, we learn, would be to move towards a unified day of agitation in these countries, probably on 25 June.

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