Spain-based cabin crew at Ryanair will strike for 12 more days this month, in a demand for better working conditions, the USO and SICTPLA unions said on Saturday, raising the prospect of travel chaos as the main summer tourist season gets under way.
The announcement came on the final day of the crews’ current strike, which began on Thursday and forced Ryanair to cancel 10 flights in Spain on Saturday.
Cabin crew will strike on 12-15 July, 18-21 July and 25-28 July across the 10 Spanish airports where Ryanair operates, the unions said in a statement.
‘The unions and crew of Ryanair … demand a change of attitude from the airline,’ they said in a statement, calling for Ryanair to resume negotiations over issues including payment of the minimum wage.
The unions also urged the government ‘not to allow Ryanair to violate labour legislation and constitutional rights such as the right to strike’.
Ryanair cabin crew unions in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy had taken strike action in recent days but the low-cost airline said less than 2% of its flights scheduled over last weekend had been affected.
Spain-based cabin crew at easyJet are also striking for nine days this month for higher pay. The walk out is taking place in three phases, on 1-3 July, 15-17 July, and 29-31 July. The airline cancelled five flights from Spain on Saturday 2 July.
Many airline workers across Europe have been staging walkouts as the sector adapts to a resumption of travel after the lifting of pandemic lockdowns, and staff shortages have been blamed for lengthy delays and queues.