Ryanair faces “biggest strike in its history”

Cabin crew members from five European countries plan 24-hour walk out on 28 September

After a series of strikes Ryanair has suffered over the past few months, the Ireland-based carrier is facing yet another. And according to the unions involved, it will be the largest industrial action to hit the airline so far.

Cabin crews from 5 European countries plan "Ryanair's biggest strike" — Alexandra Lande / Shutterstock Ryanair faces “biggest strike in its history”
Cabin crews from 5 European countries plan Ryanair’s biggest strike – Alexandra Lande / Shutterstock

Unions representing cabin crews from Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands and Belgium have all confirmed a 24-hour walk out that will take place on 28 September.

The staff representatives demand implementation of national labour laws applicable for each country instead of Irish legislation.

“We all want Ryanair’s success, but not at any cost, and certainly not at the expense of the most basic workers’ rights,” the unions have said.

The unions announced their decision at a press conference in Brussels on 13 September.

Ryanair has reacted towards the announcement stating the reports of past strikes were exaggerated by the media.

“Ryanair today rejected false claims made by Belgian union CNE that strike action by its small minority of cabin crew on 28 September would cause ‘travel chaos’,” the carrier said in an official statement.

The announcement came a day after German pilots’ strike that grounded 150 of the 400 scheduled flights on Tuesday.

The airline claims that despite the strikes in Ireland and Germany, the vast majority of pilots continued working – 75 per cent of Irish and 70 per cent German pilots remained operational during the walkouts.

“Repeated false claims made by these unions about ‘travel chaos’ have proven to be unfounded.  While we regret the limited strike actions that have taken place this summer, in all cases we have judiciously pre-cancelled a small number of our 2,500 daily flights in order to minimise customer disruption and inconvenience,” said Ryanair’s CMO Kenny Jacobs.

“We object to these lurid and inaccurate press headlines which wrongly refer to ‘travel chaos’, despite the fact that during the seven days of partial strikes by a small minority of our pilots and cabin crew this summer, there has been very little disruption and absolutely no ‘chaos’.”

Ryanair expects that majority of its cabin crew in Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal will also work normally.