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Spain: Ryanair workers strike for six days

Unions work on coordination with other countries to call a European protest

Staff of Irish low-cost air carrier Ryanair have joined a six-day strike in Spain. Two unions of workers' representatives proclaimed the demonstration: the Unión sindical obrera (Uso) and the Sindicato independiente de tripulantes de cabina de pasajeros de líneas aéreas (Sitcpla). Reason for the protest is the breakdown of negotiations on the collective contract for airline cabin crew.

"We need to resume mobilization so that the reality of our situation becomes known and Ryanair is forced to comply with basic labor laws", explained the secretary general of the Ryanair section of the Uso union, Lidia Arasanz.

Workers of the low-cost airline will go on strike for six days: June 24, 25, 26 and 30, July 1 and 2. Meanwhile, representatives of Spagnish airline workers stressed they are working on creating coordination with other European countries, including Italy, to call a strike across the Old Continent. 

The protest comes at a sensitive time when geopolitical uncertainties caused by the war meet the end of air travel restrictions after two years of pandemic, with a boom in bookings for summer vacations that airports and airlines are unable to handle due to a lack of staff, laid off in the previous months.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency