Latest updates from Ryanair strike as 150 flights cancelled ahead of walkout

Ryanair has cancelled 150 flights, affecting around 24,000 passengers, ahead of a coordinated one-day strike on Friday 28 September by pilots and cabin crew in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany.

A further 7,000 passengers have been sent emails advising them to reconsider booking onto alternative flights in case of “disruption” to their service. The airline says: “If you decide to remain on your scheduled flight Ryanair intends to operate as normal on Friday September 28.” It adds: “Should this change Ryanair will notify you of any cancellation or delay via email and SMS.”

Various unions have called for their members to stage a 24-hour walkout from 12am (GMT) on Friday. Although pay is a factor, the majority of unions seem to be lobbying most strongly for a transition from workers being employed on Irish contracts and subject to Irish legislation to their own countries’ labour laws. 

  • Helen Coffey
  • 26 September 2018 12:36
  • Helen Coffey
  • 26 September 2018 12:46
  • Helen Coffey
  • 26 September 2018 13:11
  • Helen Coffey
  • 26 September 2018 14:47

We sincerely apologise to those customers affected by these unnecessary strikes on Friday, which we have done our utmost to avoid, given that we have already offered these unions recognition agreements, Collective Labour Agreements, and a move to local contracts/law in 2019.

These repeated unnecessary strikes are damaging Ryanair’s business and our customer confidence at a time when oil prices are rising strongly, and if they continue, it is inevitable that we will have to look again at our capacity growth this winter and in summer 2019. We hope these unions will see common sense and work with us to finalise agreements for the benefit of our pilots and cabin crew over the coming weeks without further disrupting our customers or our flights.

When we can successfully do deals with unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Italy, why are some unions in Belgium, Holland and Spain not doing similar deals?” 
Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs.

  • Helen Coffey
  • 26 September 2018 15:10
  • Helen Coffey
  • 26 September 2018 15:54
  • Helen Coffey
  • 26 September 2018 17:27
  • Cathy Adams
  • 27 September 2018 15:08
  • Cathy Adams
  • 27 September 2018 15:07
  • Cathy Adams
  • 27 September 2018 14:54
  • Cathy Adams
  • 27 September 2018 15:53

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