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Ryanair cabin crew call off Tuesday's strike
RYANAIR cabin crew have called off their strike for tomorrow (Tuesday), but unless anything changes, will continue with plans to down tools on Thursday, January 10 and Sunday, January 13.
A last-minute meeting held between unions USO and SITCPLA with the low-cost airline, at the Spanish ministry of work building and with cabinet staff as mediators, led to agreements to continue negotiations over Tuesday and to try to reach solutions in time to avert the Thursday and Sunday strikes.
Cabin crew based in Spain are calling for Ryanair to comply with current employment legislation in the country and for this to extend to the agencies the carrier uses, Crewlink and Workforce.
SITCPLA and the USO says the Irish-based airline has continuously failed to accept national labour laws where these involve improvements on those of the Republic of Ireland.
Unions believe their strikes will create little or no impact on national flights and relatively minor disruption for international connections, since the ministry of work has established 'minimum service' requirements.
Ryanair has been ordered to guarantee 100% of flights between the mainland and islands and 57% of national and international flights where there are no alternative routes available within five hours of the original take-off time, and 35% in all other cases.
Crewlink, Workforce and Ryanair itself are required to take all necessary steps to cover these essential services in 'normal conditions', providing enough personnel to cover each affected period and to ensure enough staff are on duty to guarantee full security procedures.
Travellers to and from Spain will enjoy a stay of grace tomorrow, but the next two strikes still look set to go ahead.
They are the latest in a series of shutdowns staged by Ryanair cabin crew, following two days of industrial action on July 25 and 26, and another on September 28, affecting Spain and other European countries.
Ryanair is currently the largest airline operating in Spain in terms of passenger numbers, with over 400 routes within, and to and from, the country, and around 1,900 cabin crew are employed at its Spanish bases.
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