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Ryanair: More strikes this week across Europe

Written by on August 7, 2018

Article Written & Published By: The Express

Ryanair: Full list of strikes this week to affect holidays across Europe

RYANAIR pilots across Europe are set to strike on Friday leading to hundreds of flights being cancelled and throwing the holiday plans of thousands of Britons into chaos.

Ryanair pilots in Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, and also possibly Germany, are due to strike on Friday 10 August as they continue to dispute working conditions.

Unless their demands are met all these countries will be facing walk-outs by their Ryanair pilots.

Ryanair tweeted its updates on the three countries on Friday. First, it announced the Irish pilots strike: “As FORSA have called a fifth strike by a small minority (25 per cent) of our Irish pilots, we regrettably have cancelled just 20 (7 per cent) of our 300 planned flights to/from Ireland next Friday 10 August.

“All 3,500 affected customers have already been notified by email/SMS earlier today (3 August) and will be readily re-accommodated (or refunded) on other Ryanair flights between IRE-UK routes.”

Irish pilots have been on strike three times already this year, on 12 July, 20 July and 24 July. This caused a number of flights to and from airports in Ireland to be cancelled.

Ryanair also tweeted regarding Sweden’s pilot strike: “A pilot union in Sweden (SPF) have called an unnecessary strike next Friday and we have regrettably been forced to cancel 22 flights to/from Sweden out of over 2,400 scheduled flights across Europe next Friday.”

And then Belgium’s: “As pilot unions in Belgium have called an unnecessary strike next Friday we have regrettably been forced to cancel 104 flights to/from Belgium out of over 2,400 scheduled flights across Europe next Friday.”

All customers are said to have been notified and will be “re-accommodated (or refunded) on other Ryanair flights.”

Pilots from the Netherlands are also set to strike. A referendum by the Association of Dutch Pilots (VNV) found that 99.5 per cent of them would support strikes.

However, unlike in other countries where unions must give a week’s notice, the VNV only has to give 12 hours notice.

“We implore upon Ryanair to reverse its present way of behaving like a wrong-way driver towards pilot and cabin crew unions throughout Europe,” said Ingolf Schumacher, Chairman Industrial Relations at pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC).

Ryanair issued their latest statement on the issue explaining: “Ryanair has received notice of strikes on Fri 10 Aug next by pilot unions in Belgium and Sweden.

“We have also been notified of possible strike actions by pilot unions in Germany and the Netherlands which we believe will be coordinated and occur on Fri 10 Aug.

“We have written to each of these pilot unions today and invited them to meet us in the coming days to make further progress in concluding Union Recognition and Collective Labour Agreements in each of these markets.

“In the interim, we have requested these pilot unions to give us seven days’ notice of any planned strike action so that we can notify our customers of cancelled flights in advance and offer them alternative flights or refunds.”

Cabin crew strikes could also take place later this summer, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation, if demands are not met by Ryanair.

Despite the numerous strikes, Ryanair revealed last week that its numbers are up.

The Irish carrier’s statistics for the month of July prove that it has even more passengers this year than in 2017.

Over 13 million people flew with Ryanair in July 2018, up by four per cent from July 2017.

Last year 12.6 million customers flew with Ryanair in July while this year 13.1 million travelled with the low-fare airline in July.

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