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Ryanair union announces three-day strike next week |  for travel

Ryanair union announces three-day strike next week | for travel

Ryanair’s cabin crew, which operates at Zaventem and Charleroi airports, will stop working on Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. This was announced by the Christian trade unions CNE and ACV Puls.

This action follows negotiations on a new Collective Labor Agreement (CLA) on cabin crew wages and premiums. The unions say a recent mediation attempt between employee representatives and management “has not led to the hoped-for solutions”.

Unions complain that Ryanair, which has around 650 employees in Belgium, is “refusing to invest in personnel policy”. For example, there is no human resource service in Belgium, it is said, and wages are not paid properly. “Some employees who are no longer allowed to travel because of pregnancy, for example, have been without wages or benefits for months,” says unionist Hans Elsen.

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In 2018, under pressure from trade unions, the Irish company accepted the application of Belgian labor law and appointed a personnel manager familiar with local legislation. It is no longer active. The collective labor agreement for employees on board, concluded in the spring of 2019, expired at the end of March. This agreement provided for a fixed monthly income, regardless of the number of trips taken.

According to the union, 75 percent of cabin crew members receive minimum sector wages. They seem to work on public holidays, weekends, early and late hours for a pittance total of €2,000, while Ryanair in Charleroi has a 30 per cent profit margin. The pilots are not participating in the strike, but negotiations are underway for them as well. At the beginning of April, Didier Lippi, a union member of the National Electoral Council, warned that social peace was also uncertain with them.

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Ryanair’s latest strike in Belgium dates back to September 2018, when employees were out of work for four days, resulting in 172 flights being canceled or delayed. The company recently reached an agreement with consumer organization Test Aankoop to compensate the approximately 33,000 passengers affected at the time.

Ryanair must inform passengers

94 Ryanair flights are scheduled at Brussels Airport for the weekend of April 22-24. “Both departing and arriving flights,” the airline said in response. Brussels Airport does not know exactly how many passengers will be affected by the strike. “It is up to Ryanair to inform their passengers. For example, they can cancel flights as a precaution or inform their passengers in advance of possible delays,” says Ehsan Chiwa Lekli from Brussels Airport.

“We don’t have any information about the impact yet, but it could lead to flights being canceled or delayed. In the event of a cancellation, the airline will of course inform its passengers. Should a significant impact occur, we will keep our passengers informed via our website and on social media.” However, since these are scheduled flights, everything depends on preparation for the strike.For example, Ryanair often flies over staff from abroad to accommodate striking employees.It remains to be seen if this will be the case next weekend.

At Charleroi airport, there are between 160 and 210 Ryanair flights scheduled from April 22 to 24.

Demo purchase: “Passengers must refund”

People whose flights have been canceled next weekend should get a refund, according to Simon November of Test Aankoop. “You will then not only get a refund for your ticket, but you will also be entitled to compensation in a lump sum,” says November. The amount of this compensation depends on the flight distance. “Amounts range from 250 to 600 (Only for trips of 3000 km and more) EUR,” it seems.

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However, according to November, Ryanair has not always adhered to European law in the past. “It remains to be seen whether Ryanair will follow the law or refuse to do so again and consider the strike a force majeure.” Test Purchase is now advising passengers to contact Ryanair and indicate that they want their money back. “We can only hope that Ryanair will now take a more consumer friendly stance and properly compensate people,” he concluded November.

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