Ryanair faces strike as crews plan walk­out

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Ryanair faces its first strike as crews in Italy pre­pare to walk out as part of a push to­ward union­i­sa­tion.

Pi­lots and flight at­ten­dants plan to strike for four hours from 1pm local time on De­cem­ber 15th, the An­pac union said in a let­ter to the air­line, adding that they were cam­paign­ing for the right to ne­go­ti­ate col­lec­tive labour agree­ments, as well as on is­sues in­clud­ing so­cial se­cu­rity, health­care and va­ca­tion plan­ning.

The union FIT-CISL said separately that the ac­tion had been de­ferred from De­cem­ber 10th at the re­quest of the Ital­ian trans­port min­istry.

Pi­lots in Ire­land, Spain, Ger­many, Swe­den and Por­tu­gal, as well as Italy, have formed local labour coun­cils in the past few weeks in or­der to press for col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing out­side of Ryanair’s in-house em­ployee representative com­mit­tees. The move also opened up the pos­si­bil­ity of strike ac­tion.

Ryanair said the An­pac and FIT-CISL unions represented em­ploy­ees of Ital­ian car­rier Al­i­talia and had “no role” at the Ir­ish car­rier, hav­ing threat­ened walk­outs five times in the past only to call them off.

“We ex­pect this lat­est threat­ened strike will also be post­poned or cancelled,” spokesman Robin Kiely said. – Bloomberg

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