Four-day strike every week until January 2023 at Ryanair in Spain

by Lorraine Williamson
Ryanair four-day strike

The unions of the Irish airline Ryanair –USO and Sitcpla– have announced new strikes from 8 August to 7 January 2023. There will be a four-day strike by Ryanair from Monday to Thursday each time, because the management refuses to enter into a dialogue with them. 

The trade unions point out that Ryanair has not made the slightest attempt at rapprochement with them. Furthermore, they have openly stated their refusal to enter into dialogue with the elected representatives of its crew members. This was indicated in a press release.  

They are therefore forced to continue the strike and call new dates. This new call to strike at Ryanair is a response to the workers’ demand that the minimum legal requirements of Spanish labour and trade union law be applied to all cabin crew working on board Ryanair aircraft and at its ten Spanish bases.  

Fundamental labour rights 

This translates into the application of fundamental, non-negotiable labour rights. This includes the following basic rights such as;

  • 22 working days of annual leave
  • 14 statutory public holidays
  • compliance with the Occupational Risk Prevention Act
  • the granting of legal guardianship rights
  • the reduction of working hours and working time reduction
  • payment of pre-pandemic wages, as previously ruled by the National Supreme Court
  • the cessation of recruitment of workers through illegal transfer

The latter has also been ruled against by the National Supreme Court; and respect for the legitimate exercise of the workers’ right to strike.  

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Return of strikers 

They are also demanding the immediate reinstatement of the 11 workers dismissed during the previous strikes in June and July for supporting the strike. This is considered a constitutional right. Also, they are demanding the suspension and closure of all disciplinary proceedings against about 100 workers because of the previous strikes.  

Suffering from cancellations and delays for passengers 

These new stoppages will continue to cause cancellations and delays putting pressure on the company to sit down and negotiate. The 4-day strike will affect the airports of the following;

  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • MálagaPalma de Mallorca
  • Alicante
  • Seville
  • Ibiza
  • Valencia
  • Girona
  • Santiago de Compostela.  

An overview of the announced strike dates: 

Taking into account the system of strikes in the coming months, these will be the days on which the strike will affect:  

  • From 8 to 11 August 
  • August 15 to 18 
  • 22 to 25 August 
  • 29 August to 31 August  
  • 1st of September 
  • 5 to 8 September 
  • 12 to 15 September 
  • 19 to 22 September 
  • 26 to 29 September  
  • 3 to 6 October
  • 10 to 13 October 
  • 17 to 20 October 
  • 24 to 27 October 
  • 31 October  
  • 1 to 3 November  
  • 7 to 10 November  
  • 14 to 17 November  
  • 21 to 24 November  
  • 28 to 30 November  
  • 1 December 
  • 5 to 8 December  
  • 12 to 15 December 
  • 19 to 22 December 
  • 26 to 29 December  
  • 2 to 5 January 

Also read: Strike dates this week for EasyJet and Ryanair

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