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Ryanair cabin crew announce September strike dates
By thinkSPAIN Team Thu, Aug 15, 2019
RYANAIR cabin crew members have announced a series of strikes in September across the country in response to the company's announcement it intended to close three bases in Spain - those of Gran Canaria, Tenerife South and Girona-Costa Brava.
The industrial action will take place on Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2, then continue over Friday, September 6 and Sunday, September 8.
Strikes will continue every Friday and Sunday (September 13, 15, 20 and 22) for the next two weeks, then after the shutdown planned for Friday, September 27, staff will down tools again the following day, Saturday, September 28.
Staff shortages as a result will affect all 13 Ryanair bases in Spain.
Cabin crew union SITCPLA's spokesman Manuel Lodeiro said 'in the next few days' it would receive a summons from the company's arbitration service, and that it was hoped an agreement could be reached.
But if this is not forthcoming, employees will go ahead with their industrial action.
Secretary of organisation for the union USO-Ryanair, Jairo Gonzalo, is not confident that a deal will be made to avoid the closure of the three bases.
"We very much doubt Ryanair's willingness to come to an agreement or even to come to the table with the intention to negotiate," Gonzalo says.
"Over a year of meetings with official organisations in Spain with a disdainful attitude towards them does not really lend itself to our holding out even the slightest hope of reaching an understanding," Gonzalo forecasts.
"The strike has been called because of a huge threat, announced not only at the negotiating table but also in person to staff at the bases in Gran Canaria and Tenerife South, but the general problems with the company are not linked just to this isolated incident - rather, they are linked to a process of repeated failures to meet its obligations that has led us to take the most drastic decision that any staff team can, indeed, take, in order to protect their jobs," explains SITCPLA.
"Once again, we hope the ministry of public works [responsible for all transport services and infrastructure in Spain, including air travel] will not abolish our right to strike this time around by decreeing - as it did last year - a level of mandatory minimum services so abusive that this hardly even allowed the strike to happen."
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