Ryanair braces for biggest ever one-day strike

Irving Hamilton
August 10, 2018

Pilots in Germany voted to join a series of 24-hour stoppages in Ireland, Sweden and Belgium, which will disrupt the height of the holiday season.

An estimated 50,000 passengers are understood to have been informed of cancellations, the majority of whom have been re-accommodated on alternative flights.

Ryanair, which averted widespread strikes before Christmas by agreeing to recognize unions for the first time in its 30-year history, has been unable to quell rising protests since over slow progress in negotiating collective labor agreements.

Ryanair has also confirmed that all affected customers have been notified.

Ryanair operates more than 2,000 flights a day, serving 223 airports across 37 countries in Europe and North Africa, and insists it will not change the low-priced model that transformed the industry and has made it Europe's most profitable airline.

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Ryanair has issued a statement on the strike, calling it "unnecessary".

Ryanair called the demands "pointless", and posted details of how much the cabin crew earn and said they receive an annual uniform allowance of €400.

This summer has seen Ryanair pilots take strike action on several different occasions as a result of decisions by Irish pilots union IALPA.

Ryanair has described the strike action as "regrettable and unjustified", claiming its pilots are paid more than other budget airlines.

The Spanish pilots' union - which represents around 500 of the 800 Ryanair pilots in Spain - says it is going to sue the airline after a year of failed talks.

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