End to Ryanair dis­rup­tion

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - SPAIN NEWS - By Irena Bodnarec

Fol­low­ing two days of ex­haus­tive talks in Madrid be­tween USO and SITCPLA, the two cabin crew unions and Ryanair – me­di­ated by the Min­istry of Labour, an agree­ment was fi­nally reached at 04.00 on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

How­ever, it was not sim­ply the re­sult of this one marathon 18-hour ses­sion.

Over the last year, 11 such meet­ings have taken place in Madrid be­tween union rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Ir­ish car­rier and in­dus­trial ac­tion by Span­ish cabin crew was planned once again this week if an agree­ment had not been suc­cess­fully worked out.

The last wave of in­dus­trial ac­tion took place in July 2018 and dis­rupted the hol­i­day plans of thou­sands of trav­ellers. One of the many is­sues on the agenda was con­tracts and the ap­pli­ca­tion of Span­ish leg­is­la­tion for crew em­ployed by one of two third party agen­cies on Ryanair’s be­half.

De­spite liv­ing and work­ing in Spain they were is­sued with Ir­ish con­tracts, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble for them to get a mort­gage or bank loan.

Full de­tails will not be made pub­lic un­til work­ers have had a chance to read and di­gest all the points and vote, which will take place next week.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to CBN, Ester Peyró from USO was cau­tiously op­ti­mistic that it will be ac­cepted and that in essence, Ryanair had agreed to the de­mands of the unions rep­re­sent­ing Span­ish cabin crew.

So as­sum­ing Brexit does not thwart air travel after March 29, you can safely book your Ryanair flights with lit­tle risk of po­ten­tial strikes.

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