Ryanair strike today CALLED OFF – why has staff walk out been suspended? – Express - http://travelporn.info | luxury travel sitesJanuary 8, 2019 9:07 am Categorised in: Travel News
Ryanair swerved serious disruption when staff abandoned a strike today, January 8. Those working for the budget airline in Spain were set to stage a walk out, as previously announced, and carry through with their plans. It would have been the first of three stints of scheduled planned industrial action, with similar strikes penned in for January 10 and 13. Each were planned to last 24 hours and see workers from unions USO and SITCPLA join forces.
Why has the Ryanair strike been suspended?
The two unions involved in the dispute – USO and Sitcpla – called off the industrial action planned for Tuesday after holding talks in Madrid with Ryanair representatives.
“Basically it is to give more opportunity for the negotiations to keep going,” a Ryanair purser who represents Sitcpla, Manuel Lodeiro, told AFP.
What has Ryanair said about the January 8 strike?
Ryanair previously said it still expected to run a full flight schedule today, despite any planned action.
In a statement posted on Twitter the company said: “Due to the efforts of the Spanish Government minimum services regulator, and the support of our pilots and cabin crew in Spain, we expect to operate a full schedule of flights to/from (and within) Spain on Tuesday, January 8.
“All passengers scheduled to fly should check in online as normal and arrive at their departure airport at least 2 hours prior to their time of scheduled departure.”
Why were Ryanair staff in Spain planning to go on strike?
Despite negotiations, Ryanair and staff unions had failed to drum up an agreement amid a row over working conditions and pay.
Workers gripes are centred on staff in Spain being handed out Irish versions of contracts, rather than Spanish ones, under local law.
Ryanair were given 10 days to meet their workers needs and therefore avoid the walkout entirely.
What have the unions said about the Ryanair situation?
Claims by the unions supporting the 1,800 staff who work on bases in Spain suggest they have “worse working conditions” than others due to Ryanair disregarding Spanish legislation.
A statement from the two unions said: “From Sitcpla and the USO, we hope that the company will reconsider and agree to comply with Spanish legislation.”
USO representative Jairo Gonzalo said in a statement it was “disgusting” Ryanair “continues to refuse to accept national law with all its consequences.”
“It is unprecedented that we still have to fight for Ryanair to comply with Spanish laws and because the rules of the game have to be translated into a paper,” added Óscar Ayuste, spokesperson for the Sitcpla union.
Ryanair was hit by a crippling wave of strikes last summer. Irish pilots went on strike over a number of weeks, with thousands of passengers affected.
When did Ryanair last strike?
On 28 September 2018, 250 flights were cancelled across Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Belgium.Approximately 30,000 passengers were affected by the strike.
Ryanair’s profit warning in October indicated the strikes cost the airline as much as €120 million.
What is the impact for passengers with cancelled flights should the further two planned strikes go ahead? Can they draw on their travel insurance?
Carolina Vicente, Travel Expert at Columbus Direct comments, told Express Online: “Many of those heading off on holiday will experience severe disruption due to Ryanair’s cabin crew strikes.
“As Ryanair is a European airline, if you are due to travel during this time and your flight is cancelled you are protected.
“You have the option to take an alternative flight with the airline to your destination, or cancel your flight and claim a full refund.
“If the alternative flight Ryanair offer isn’t at the right time for you Ryanair is legally required to book you on a comparable flight with them or an alternative airline. You should not be charged anymore for this.”
They added: “If you were given 14 days or less notice of your flight cancellation you’re entitled to compensation, however if you were given more than 14 days notice you are only entitled to a refund or a new flight.
“But remember if notified of the cancellation more than 14 days before the flight, once you’ve agreed to take a refund from the airline they no longer have a duty of care towards you.
“Any onward travel, or extra expense for new flights are your own responsibility if you decide to accept the refund – no compensation is owed.
“Should you wish to apply for compensation you can apply directly with Ryanair and compensation amounts depend on, the type of flight, when Ryanair notify you, how long you are left waiting for a substitute flight and how far you’re travelling, anything from €125-€600.”
“Our advice would be take the option that gets you there when you need to be. If you have the luxury of time waiting for the next available flight may mean you get some additional compensation money but will cost you in hour waiting at the airport.”