The mobilization of Ryanair and EasyJet in Madrid, two low-cost airlines, to demand better wages and working conditions coincided with the end of the school year in Europe and the summer vacation season.
At 1:00 p.m. (11:00 GMT) this Saturday, ten Ryanair and five EasyJet flights had been canceled and 175 were delayed (123 Ryanair and 52 EasyJet), the unions reported in a statement.
The stoppages of the Ryanair crew members in Spain – where the company has some 1,900 employees – began on June 24 and those of EasyJet, last Friday.
The USO union also stated that Ryanair staff have planned strikes in three periods of four days: from July 12 to 15, from July 18 to 21 and from July 25 to 28 at the ten Spanish airports in which the company operates. irish company.
“After these 6 days of strike and seeing the impassiveness of the company for not listening to its workers and preferring to leave thousands of passengers on the ground rather than sit down to negotiate an agreement under Spanish law, we have been forced to call new days strike,” said Lidia Arasanz, a USO representative.
According to her, in the previous six days of the strike, “more than 200 flights were canceled and almost 1,000” suffered delays throughout the country. “We hope the next ones will be exactly the same,” she noted.
EasyJet workers announced strikes during the first three weekends of July to demand improvements in their working conditions and that these be in line with those of other European companies.
And in France, dozens of flights were canceled at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, where firefighters have been on strike since Thursday, forcing authorities to reduce the number of runways for prevention.
Between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (05:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. GMT), one in five flights to or from Paris was cancelled, reported the airport operator ADP.