Spanish cabin staff for Ryanair have confirmed they will go on strike for six days this summer if their demands are not met, the main unions said today.
The walk-outs will take place in late June and early July, as they dispute working conditions and pay.
The USO union confirmed the following dates for strike action: June 24, 25, 26, and 30., and July 1 and 2.
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While Irish staff have not confirmed a strike, the industrial action is likely to impact Irish holidaymakers who are flying to Spain over the summer.
Labor organizations came together last week to demand improvements in conditions, saying they have “no other option” but to strike if demands are not met.
It was reported last week that Ryanair walked away from talks with USO and SITCPLA on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.
Last week a spokesperson for SITCPLA said: “We’re coordinating our actions with European counterparts.”
USO and STCPLA said in a joint statement that Ryanair lacked commitment to dialogue and accused the airline of acting in bad faith.
Negotiations on a collective agreement made “almost no progress” due to the unions’“ unrealistic demands and refusal to meaningfully engage, ”a letter from Ryanair said following the failed talks.
A spokesperson for Ryanair told The Mirror last week: “Ryanair has negotiated collective agreements covering 90% of our people across Europe. In recent months we have been negotiating improvements to those agreements as we work through the Covid recovery phase.
“Those negotiations are going well and we do not expect widespread disruption this summer.
“In Spain, we are pleased to have reached a collective agreement with CCOO, Spain’s largest and most representative union, delivering improvements for Spanish-based cabin crew and stably Ryanair’s commitment to the welfare of its cabin crew.
“These announcements by the much smaller USO and SITCPLA unions are a distraction from their own failures to deliver agreements after three years of negotiations and we believe that any strikes they call will not be supported by our Spanish crews.”
Ryanair has been contacted for further comment.
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