Ryanair cabin crew have called a strike for the 24th and 25th of July in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium. The strike coincided with school holidays and will affect thousands of travellers across Europe.
Cabin crew based in the above-mentioned countries want Ryanair to adhere to national labour laws of their home countries and not those of the Republic of Ireland, the low-cost carrier’s base.
Union representatives warned Ryanair in May that they were prepared to strike in the summer, with Julys strike being the first confirmed dates.
While speaking to Spanish national newspaper El Pais union representative Ernesto Iglesias said: “The majority of the cabin crew is hired by temping agencies, the company intends to leave this matter off the debating table, which implies a clear discrimination against workers who do the same work on the same planes and the same flights as those hired by the company itself, but in worse conditions. “
Meanwhile, Ryanair has called the strikers demands as “pointless” due to the fact the airline’s cabin crew already enjoyed good working conditions.