Ryanair faces strike as crews plan walkout
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