More holiday misery on the horizon after Ryanair staff threaten strike action

Staff are in dispute with the airline over their pay and working conditions (Picture: Getty Images)

Spanish cabin crew on Ryanair flights will go on strike later this month.

Unions for the staff members have proposed strike action for six days in late June and early July.

A growing dispute over pay and working conditions has led to the strike action, the USO union has confirmed.

Walkouts are now planned for June 24, 25, 26 and 30 and on July 1 and 2.

Lidia Arasanz, general secretary of USO’s Ryanair section, said in a statement that staff are striking to’force’ Ryanair to’abide by basic labor laws’.

Unions estimate the airline has around 1,400 crewmembers based in Spain.

While UK staff haven’t followed suit with their Spanish counterparts, the strike action could still add to existing disruption and affect Brits flying abroad this summer.

The strikes are planned for later this month and in early July (Picture: Getty Images)
June has already got off to a difficult start for holidaymakers (Picture: Ioannis Alexopoulos / LNP)

Staff of Dublin-based Ryanair, the largest airline in Europe in terms of passenger numbers, have walked out in other European countries such as Belgium and Italy.

With most COVID-related travel restrictions lifted in many countries in recent months, demand for summer travel has bounced back, leaving airlines and airport operators struggling to hire staff fast enough to handle the flow of passengers and offer them attractive working conditions.

There were already scenes of travel chaos during half-term with hours of queues, hundreds of flight cancellations and a huge number of staff absences – and passengers say these issues are still continuing.

According to data firm Cirium, 750 flights out the UK were canceled over the Jubilee bank holiday.

There’s also trouble on the railway for summer getaways – with strike dates spreading across the country.

The London Underground is affected as well as Network Rail services.

Strikes at Hull Trains will also take place on June 26, at Greater Anglia on June 23 and on Croydon Tramlink on June 28 and 29 and July 13 and 14.

General secretary of the TSSA transport union, Manuel Cortes, said:’We could be seeing a summer of discontent across our railways.

‘We are preparing for all options, including co-ordinated strike action.’

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