Ryanair cabin crew in five countries to strike on Sept 28

Brussels: Ryanair cabin crew from five European countries will go on strike on September 28, threatening hundreds of flights in the latest round of a bitter tussle between unions and the budget airline’s management. Staff from Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Portugal announced a 24-hour stoppage that unions say will be the biggest strike in the Irish carrier’s history.
Ryanair workers — pilots, ground staff and cabin crew — are demanding improved working conditions and want their contracts to be based on the law in their country of residence rather than Ireland.
“Unfortunately, discussions continue without results,” Yves Lambot of Belgium’s CNE union said, describing negotiations with Ryanair management. “They have promised to change our contracts into national contracts by 2022. This is too late for us. We want 2019.”
A group of unions from the five countries issued a statement after meeting in Brussels accusing the airline of disregarding the law and promoting a “bullying culture”. — AFP