Dutch Ryanair pilots plan Friday strike as carrier takes union to court

Galtero Lara
Agosto 10, 2018

Ryanair pilots in several European countries are staging a strike that has prompted the budget carrier to cancel 400 flights.

In the Netherlands, Ryanair filed for an urgent court order to try to stop Dutch pilots from joining the industrial action.

Ryanair is bracing for its biggest-ever one-day strike on Friday with pilots based in five European countries set to walk out, forcing the cancellation of about one in six of its daily flights at the height of the holiday season.

"The majority of customers have already been accommodated on another Ryanair flight".

Last night it claimed that all its flights to and from the Netherlands would go ahead as scheduled despite the pilots' action over pay and conditions.

One of the most severe was the 48-hour cabin crew strike on 25 and 26 July, which saw a total of 600 flights to and from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium cancelled, ruining the travel plans of 100,000 passengers.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled will be informed by text or email, but all those travelling to and from the affected countries with Ryanair on Friday are advised to check with the airline.

Since the it first recognised unions in December 2017, walkouts have been staged multiple times by Ryanair staff in various countries.

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Customers were notified as early as possible and a majority of those affected had already been moved to another Ryanair flight, the airline added. But since then it has struggled to reach agreements.

But Ryanair pilots say they earn less than counterparts at other airlines like Lufthansa.

"They tweeted: "#ryanair cancelled my flight in the last min because of pilots strike.

At a Frankfurt press conference on Wednesday, Ryanair's chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said the company's German pilots enjoy "excellent working conditions".

"Ryanair is the only multinational in Belgium that doesn't respect the Belgian law and that's not normal", said Didier Lebbe, a representative of union ACV-CSC, whose demands include securing its pilots pay when they are on stand-by.

But chief executive Michael O'Leary has also warned the airline may shift jobs and planes to more profitable areas if the turmoil continues.

He claimed it made it harder for management to ignore their demands, adding: 'I think it also sends a signal to other companies where workers are played off against each other'.

It also called on the striking unions to return to negotiations rather than "calling any more unjustified strikes".

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