Ryanair pilots are striking on Friday August 10, 2018 demanding better employment conditions including sick pay.
Pilots in Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and Sweden are all striking resulting in more than 400 flight cancellations affecting Ryanair flights across Europe.
Here’s an excerpt from France 24 (access their piece here):
The powerful Cockpit union said it had asked some 480 Germany-based Ryanair pilots to walk off the job for 24 hours from 03:01 am (0101 GMT) on Friday.
“We are extremely sorry for the affected passengers. The responsibility lies with Ryanair management,” Cockpit president Martin Locher told a press conference at Frankfurt airport on Wednesday.
But Ryanair hit back, slamming the “unnecessary” strike action and urging the union to “continue meaningful negotiations”.
In the Netherlands, the Dutch Airline Pilots Association said Ryanair pilots based there would go also on strike Friday.
“This European pilot strike should be a wake up call for the Ryanair management,” it said.
Ryanair is required to rebooked affected passengers and provide duty to care per EC 261/2004 in case of long delays. I believe that CAA recently noted that Ryanair would be required to pay cash compensation too because these would be classified as wildcat strikes.
Ryanair has long used very creative and questionable employment methods for its cockpit and cabin crew. Many don’t work directly with the airline at all but for some “unrelated” third company.
Not sure why these pilots don’t seek employment opportunities with carriers that offer better conditions? There is shortage of pilots!