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      Ryanair cabin crew announce more strike




      action for next week


      Ryanair cabin crew unions from five countries have announced joint Europe-wide strike action to take place next week

      Friday, 28 September, to be staged by workers from Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Italy and Spain.

                                                                                              cabin crew strike on the 28th  Netherlands and Portugal will
                                                                                              September, as we demonstrated  also work normally, as they have
                                                                                              in Germany [last week], Ryanair  during previous strikes, and
                                                                                              will pre-advise customers of a  accordingly there will not be any
                                                                                              small number of flight       ‘travel chaos’ or ‘widespread
                                                                                              cancellations, and the       disruptions’.”
                                                                                              overwhelming majority of     Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:
                                                                                              Ryanair’s flights and services that  “Repeated false claims made by
                                                                                              day will operate as normal, and  these unions about ‘travel chaos’
                                                                                              we will carry the overwhelming  have proven to be unfounded.
                                                                                              majority of the 400,000      While we regret the limited strike
                                                                                              passengers who will be       actions that have taken place this
                                                                                              scheduled to fly with us that day”,  summer, in all cases we have
                                                                                              said Kenny Jacobs, head of the  judiciously pre-cancelled a small
                                                                                              company’s marketing          number of our 2,500 daily flights
                                                                                              department.                  in order to minimise customer
                                                                                              Responding to the            disruption and inconvenience.
                                                                                              announcement of more strike  He continued: “We object to
                                                                                              action next week, Ryanair said it  these lurid and inaccurate press
                                                                                              “rejected false claims made by  headlines which wrongly refer to
                                                                                              Belgian union CNE that strike  ‘travel chaos’, despite the fact
                                                                                              action by its small minority of  that during the seven days of
                                                                                              cabin crew on the 28th       partial strikes by a small minority
                                                                                              September” would cause “travel  of our pilots and cabin crew this
                                                                                              chaos”.                      summer, there has been very
                                                                                              As another example, the airline  little disruption and absolutely no
                                                                                              pointed to its experience during  ‘chaos’.”
                                                                                              previous strikes, which included  Last month’s 48-hour strike saw
                                                                                              five days of strikes by less than 25  around half of Ryanair’s flights to
       Ryanair cabin crew have announced more strike action for next week. (Photo: EPA/Focke Strangmann)  percent of its Irish pilots this  and from the countries involved
       Ryanair cabin crew have announced more strike action for next week. (Photo: EPA/Focke Strangmann)
       Ryanair cabin crew have announced more strike action for next week. (Photo: EPA/Focke Strangmann)
       Ryanair cabin crew have announced more strike action for next week. (Photo: EPA/Focke Strangmann)
       Ryanair cabin crew have announced more strike action for next week. (Photo: EPA/Focke Strangmann)
                                                                                              summer, and on each of those  being cancelled, amid claims by
              he impending strike is  Europe’s largest low-cost airline  go unanswered.       days, the airline said, it   the unions that the Irish airline
              expected to affect flights  applies the national legislation of  Last week the airline was  completed “280 of its 300 flights  was coercing workers by
              across Europe,        their countries of origin to their  dogged by a pilots’ strike and  to/from Ireland, because over 75  threatening them with being fired
       Talthough the airline        contracts, in particular in terms of  cabin crew action in Germany,  percent of its Irish pilots  if they did not fly on their days off
       vehemently refuted suggestions  parental leave and minimum  which resulted in the      continued to work normally”.   that fell on strike days.
       made following its           wage guarantee.              cancellation of 150 flights to and  Ryanair said it expects that “even  But there is still a chance next
       announcement, that the action  In addition, they want Ryanair to  from that country.   if there is another limited cabin  week’s strike could even be
       would “cause chaos”.         withdraw disciplinary        Before this latest bout of action  crew strike on 28 September, the  called off; unions have said the
       The date was announced last  proceedings due to medical   was confirmed, faced with the  vast majority of its cabin crew  action could be avoided if, in its
       Thursday in Brussels and follows  casualties or sales on board  possibility of another impending  across Europe will work as  General Meeting, which was due
       similar pan-European action, a  aircraft below the company’s  strike, Ryanair had said a fresh  normal.             to take place on Thursday this
       two-day strike, held at the end of  targets.              European cabin crew strike   It also expects “a significant  week, Ryanair’s shareholders
       July.                        The unions have threatened   would “also be of little impact”.  majority of its cabin crew in  agree to make changes to work
       Cabin crew are demanding     monthly strikes should their calls  “If there is a further unsuccessful  Spain, Italy, Belgium, the  contracts.
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