June 26, 2022 – 5:40 pm – Economy
Ryanair’s employee unions went on strike on June 24, 25, 26 and 30 and July 1 and 2 at the company’s 10 bases in Spain. They are angry that the airline has deployed Moroccan workers to break the strike during a cabin crew strike at its base in Malaga.
The strike takes place at Ryanair’s 10 bases in Spain: Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona, Girona, Santiago de Compostela, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca. The unions want to criticize the “completely illegal” way in which company managers broke the cabin crew strike by using Moroccan workers.
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According to Lydia Arrasans, general secretary of the USO-Ryanair trade union, Moroccan crews are not registered with Spain’s social security system “let alone another EU country, yet they operate flights in Spain”. Therefore, the union submitted a complaint to the Malaga airport police, denouncing the presence of five Moroccans among the cabin crew on several domestic flights in Spain.
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In its complaint, the USO asks Moroccans to “verify legal authorization to work as cabin crew in Spain and work and residence permits.” “We have been told that the National Aviation Safety Agency needs to be informed by the crews of each flight and to check that they comply with legal requirements. We don’t know if Ryanair has already done this.”