World Ryanair pilots strike in Germany, 4 other countries

14:15  10 august  2018
14:15  10 august  2018 Source:

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Ryanair was hit by the first strike in its company history on Friday after pilots in Germany staged a four -hour walkout, days after the airline agreed to recognize unions but talks fell apart. Pilots in other European countries , including Ireland and Italy, have threatened to walk off the job.

Check-in counters of Irish Ryanair airline are unstaffed at the Hahn airport, western Germany, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 when several flights were cancelled due to a strike of pilots. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press Check-in counters of Irish Ryanair airline are unstaffed at the Hahn airport, western Germany, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 when several flights were cancelled due to a strike of pilots. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)

BERLIN — Ryanair pilots in several European countries staged a strike over work conditions on Friday that prompted the budget carrier to cancel 400 flights.

Walkouts called by German and Belgian unions accounted for many of the cancelations, with strikes also called in Sweden and Ireland.

The airline said that over 2,000 flights, or 85 percent of its schedule, would operate as normal and that the majority of passengers affected have been re-booked on other Ryanair services.

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Hundreds of Ryanair flights will not take off as planned on Friday due to pilot strikes in five countries . Staff in Ireland, Germany , Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands are staging a 24-hour walkout over pay and conditions.

Ryanair pilots are striking in five European countries , forcing the cancellation of a sixth of the firm's flights during the holiday season peak. The 24-hour walk-out involves staff in Germany , Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

German pilot representatives had said this week they were joining the strike action with a 24-hour walkout, ending at 2.59 a.m. Saturday, because they want pay and work conditions comparable to those at Ryanair's competitors.

The company has pointed to recent pay increases and invitations to meet for negotiations. Ryanair urged the unions "to continue negotiations instead of calling any more unjustified strikes."

Ryanair built its low-cost business model without unions, but said last year it would recognize them. Labor representatives are seeking collective-bargaining agreements in the different countries.

The airline has already been hit with strikes by flight attendants in Spain, Portugal and Belgium. Irish pilots have held four strike days.

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The walkout by pilots based in Germany will start at 0101 GMT on Friday, the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said in a statement. Ryanair operates more than 2,000 flights a day, serving 223 airports across 37 countries in Europe and North Africa.

Ryanair , which flies from 86 bases in 37 countries and carried 130million passengers last year, has so far signed agreements with pilots in Italy and Britain, two of its largest markets, but also experienced minor disruption in Germany and Portugal. The airline's pilots in Germany

In the Netherlands, the carrier was using non-striking pilots to keep its service running for passengers. In a tweet Thursday night, the company said that "there will be no cancellations" as a result of the Dutch union's strike.

Ryanair launched unsuccessful legal action in a Dutch court to prevent the strike in the Netherlands.

In Sweden, some 40 Ryanair pilots walked out to demand a collective labor agreement.

Martin Lindgren, head of the Swedish Air Line Pilots Association, said that "a strike is necessary to show the airline that it no longer can avoid treating its employees in a dignified manner."

At Ryanair's main Belgian hub, the Charleroi airport south of Brussels, a few dozen striking pilots gathered in the main terminal behind a banner marked "Ryanair on strike, Ryanair must change."

The Belgian Cockpit Association's Alain Vanalderweireldt said the strike in Belgium "is the conclusion of six months of discussions between Ryanair and the union representatives that has led to nowhere concretely."

While the union wants to apply Belgian labor laws to employees, Ryanair is still applying Irish laws, he said.

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Police evacuated part of a terminal at Germany's busiest airport.Federal police stopped flights from boarding and kept passengers out of area A of Frankfurt Airport's Terminal 1 for about two hours due to concerns that at least one person had entered without being properly screened.


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