Thousands of holidaymakers could be affected by strikes this summer as Ryanair pilots announce a strike for July 12 in protest against working conditions. The strike is due to last for 24 hours, starting at 1am on 12 July.
According to a union rep, if an agreement isn’t reached quickly, Ryanair cabin crew will join the pilots and strike this summer on flights to some of the most popular holiday destinations for Brits: Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium, with other countries possibly joining in the action. They are demanding ‘a fair living wage’, improved sick pay and employment contracts in their own language based on local rather than Irish law, as some cabin crew are apparently obliged to travel to Ireland to open bank accounts in order to receive pay.
A union meeting scheduled to take place today, Thursday, in Brussels will decide on further action. According to the ITF “If Ryanair fails to respond promptly and appropriately then it risks industrial action over the summer.”
Cross your fingers and watch this space!