Representatives of cabin crew (TCP) of Ryanair of several European countries, including Spain, will meet this Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3 and 4, in Dublin to study the call for strikes this summer, if the airline does not respond to their demands positively for what they gave the deadline on June 30.
The meeting took place after representatives of the Ryanair flight attendants collective met at the end of May in Madrid, to coordinate at European level the different mobilizations, meeting in which they decided to give the airline until June 30 as a deadline to avoid a strike.
The threat of a strike has been on the table since mid-April. Then, the Belgian union CNE / LBC, the Portuguese SNPVAC, the Italian Uiltrasporti and the Spanish Sitcpla and USO, undertook to ask Ryanair that all European workers had the same conditions in labor matters. Otherwise, they did not rule out the strike this summer, a schedule that could be defined in Dublin.
The workers’ representatives demand that Ryanair comply with the national legislation in each country where it is based, meet with the representatives that the workers choose and that all the TCPs have the same conditions, regardless of whether they are hired by the company itself or by a temporary employment agency –the majority of the TCP staff is hired by ETTs–.
The Ryanair crew cabin crew in Ireland (CCU), affiliated with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), will hold meetings to address the possibility of calling strikes in the summer.
The low-cost Irish company led by Michael O’Leary, which has made progress in agreements with the group of pilots, has already recognized Unite as a representative body of the TCP that it employs in the United Kingdom, a market that represents approximately 25% of its fleet, and the ANPAC and ANPAV unions in Italy, as representatives of the flight attendants based in Italy.
In Spain, negotiations with the Sepla to sign a first collective agreement are blocked, despite the progress made at the beginning of the year. The Spanish pilots insist that the contracts have to be subject to Spanish law, while Ryanair defends its contract under the Irish legislation.
Ryanair employs approximately 700 pilots in our country, according to calculations made by the Sepla union, and about 1,700 cabin crew (TCP) in the dozen bases that the first ‘low cost’ in Europe has in our country. Precisely, in Spain is where it has more presence, being also the second European country with more bases and pilots of the entire network of the company.