More airline strikes to hit Spain, causing trouble for holiday season

(Alliance News) - The cabin crew staff at low-cost airline Ryanair Holdings PLC plans to strike ...

Alliance News 3 July, 2022 | 10:16AM
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(Alliance News) - The cabin crew staff at low-cost airline Ryanair Holdings PLC plans to strike for better working conditions on 12 more days in July, as a wave of industrial action hits Spain during the busy holiday season.

The walkouts have been scheduled for July 12-15, 18-21, and 25-28, the Spanish unions USO and Sitcpla announced on Saturday.

Numerous airports are affected by the Ryanair strikes: Madrid, Barcelona and Mallorca, as well as Málaga, Seville, Alicante, Valencia, Girona, Ibiza and Santiago de Compostela.

Ryanair cabin crew had already gone on strike in Spain at the end of June and also between Thursday and Saturday. The Dublin-based airline "does not respect court rulings and laws and uses fear, coercion and threats against its workers," USO said. Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz must intervene, it said.

The cabin crew of rival easyjet PLC will also stop work in Spain on a total of nine days between through the end of July - as early as this weekend, as well as between July 15-17 and between July 29-31.

In the case of easyJet, the cabin crew is demanding significantly higher salaries as well as a limit to flying times, as is the case in other countries.

On Saturday, 15 flights were cancelled throughout Spain by the afternoon because of the strikes - 10 Ryanair and five easyJet flights - state television station RTVE reported, citing the authorities. In addition, there were around 200 delays.

However, there were no cancellations on Mallorca on Saturday for the time being.

Because of the maintenance of "minimum services" prescribed by Spanish legislation in the event of strikes, only some flights, often only a relatively small proportion - may be cancelled.

In the case of the Ryanair strikes, for example, the Transport Ministry in Madrid decided that between 73% (Alicante and Palma de Mallorca) and 82% (Ibiza) of all programmed flights must be completed on the strike days, depending on the airport.

By Emilio Rappold, dpa

source: dpa

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