Ryanair strike across five countries to go ahead on 28th September
Ryanair cabin crew from five European countries will strike on 28th September. Unions from Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Belgium have confirmed their one-day strike will be going ahead as planned.
The news of the strike was announced at a press conference in Brussels on 13th September. The strike comes after months of unions from each of the named countries demanding labour laws in their country be followed, rather than the blanket application of Irish legislation which Ryanair follows for its staff members.
Secretary of Belgian union CNE, Yves Lambot, has advised that the upcoming strike action will have bigger repercussions than the two-day walkout that Ryanair cabin crew committed to back in July. This last walk-out led to approximately 600 cancelled flights.
Ryanair have claimed that the strike will not have a major impact on their customers. But with the cabin crews of five different countries planning to walk away from their duties for the one-day strike, it seems unlikely that the 28th September will be a calm travel day for Ryanair staff and passengers.
However, in a statement on their website just a day after the strike announcement, Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s CMO, announced: “If there is a further unsuccessful cabin crew strike on the 28th Sept next then, as we demonstrated in Germany yesterday, Ryanair will pre-advise customers of a small number of flight cancellations, and the overwhelming majority of Ryanair’s flights and services that day will operate as normal, and we will carry the overwhelming majority of the 400,000 passengers who will be scheduled to fly with us that day.”
Ryanair has pointed to their experiences from previous strikes, which include five days of strikes by almost 25% of their Irish pilots this summer; on each of those days, Ryanair completed 280 of its 300 flights to and from Ireland.
In Germany, despite a strike by pilots and cabin crew, over 70% of Ryanair’s Germany-based pilots and cabin crew reported for work and Ryanair completed over 250 of its daily schedule of 400 flights, because 150 flights had been pre-cancelled on Tuesday 11th with the small group of affected passengers being re-accommodated or refunded.
The airline has suffered strikes all summer, largely due to Union pay concerns, which Ryanair has been refusing to meet, and concerns over working conditions. At a press conference, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary addressed the summer of strike action Ryanair has faced, saying he won’t back down. Ryanair are adamant that there will not be any travel “chaos” or “widespread disruptions”, despite what is currently being reported regarding the recent and future strike action.
If you are concerned that your flight may be affected, or you are travelling to or from any of the five countries whose Ryanair staff are getting ready to strike, then we advise you to contact your travel company or the airport you’re boarding from for any potential updates, Furthermore, keep an eye on social media and Ryanair’s own website.
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