Ryanair cancels flights ahead of strike

Reuters

Ryanair says it will cancel 150 flights to and from 400 scheduled to fly to and from Germany on Wednesday due to a 24-hour strike by pilots and cabin crew.

The line on wages and conditions following a series of strikes in the course of the summer, with walkouts in Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Affected passengers would be offered an alternative flight, the airline said.

In the month of August, Ryanair has teamed up with the Irish riders and he said that he was confident that it would secure more offers.

However, since then, the seven trade unions representing cabin crew, in Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands have threatened to strike later this month unless the airline improves working conditions.

The unions have warned that it would be “the biggest strike action the company has ever seen”.
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The Irish airline, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, said Wednesday it strikes “to the detriment of Ryanair in Germany” and described them as “useless”.

“These are wildcat strikes, designed to cause the maximum of inconvenience to our customers and maximum damage to the Ryanair business,” said Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs, speaking at a press conference in Frankfurt, Germany. ‘Unacceptable’

The Vereinigung Cockpit pilot’s union and the Green services sector union say there has been no progress on their requests, and despite repeated negotiations with the management.

But Ryanair argued that it had offered more local contracts and salary increases for drivers in Germany.

“It is unacceptable that a union that represents Ryanair German pilots, who earn up to €190,000 a year and work five days a week, followed by a four day weekend, is now threatening customers’ travel plans and in the short term,” Mr. Jacobs added.

Ryanair agreed last year to recognize the unions as official representatives of the workers and for the first time in 33 years of history.

The move was followed by a planning crisis, last September, which has led to the cancellation of thousands of flights.

So far the company has reached an agreement with the Italian drivers about the conditions of work and last month, the Irish pilots have voted to accept an agreement on the improvement of working conditions.