Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew are set to strike three times in January on 8th, 10th and 13th. Each strike period is set to last 24 hours causing havoc for airline’s passengers.
The striking employees are demanding the airline to move their base to Spain and working under local contracts (higher pay) instead of those of Ireland.
Ryanair is also facing enforcement action by UK’s CAA for failing to comply with EC 261/2004 legislation. They issued the following statement back in December:
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today started enforcement action against Ryanair, following the airline’s decision that financial compensation is not payable under European Commission Regulation 261/2004 for flight disruption resulting from industrial action by the airline’s staff this summer.
Ryanair passengers have made claims for compensation directly to the airline, but these have been rejected. Passengers have then been able to escalate their complaints to AviationADR, a body approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, to provide alternative dispute resolution for passenger complaints.
Ryanair has now informed the Civil Aviation Authority that it has terminated its agreement with AviationADR. As the Civil Aviation Authority said at the time of the industrial action, in its view, the strikes were not “extraordinary circumstances” and were not exempt, meaning consumers should be compensated in accordance with Regulation EC261/2004.
As a result of Ryanair’s action, passengers with an existing claim will now have to await the outcome of the Civil Aviation Authority’s enforcement action.
Passengers with outstanding strike-related compensation claims
Passengers who have made strike-related compensation claims via AviationADR are advised that these claims are currently on hold and will have to await the outcome of the Civil Aviation Authority’s enforcement action.
Passengers with new claims:
Passengers with new claims who are not satisfied with the outcome or who have not received a reply from the airline within eight weeks, should contact the Civil Aviation Authority’s Passenger Advice and Complaints Team (PACT): https://www.caa.co.uk/Passengers/Resolving-travel-problems/How-the-CAA-can-help/How-the-CAA-can-help/
Ryanair has used very creative methods when hiring cabin and cockpit crew members. Many are working under Irish contracts even when not touching the country ever. Pilots flying the planes may be “independent” contractors for an “unaffiliated” company providing services to the airline.
It is about the time that the airline starts paying fairer wages for its employees and hires them directly under local contracts.