Portugal - Ryanair tries to break strike - April 30, 2018

Cabin crew at Ryanair held a three-day strike after negotiations between trade union SNPVAC and Ryanair management regarding improved conditions, pay rise and paternity leave failed (see our March newsletter). The SNPVAC says 91% of cabin crew at Ryanair bases in Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Ponta Delgada took part in the strikes and 27 out of 49 scheduled flights were cancelled. The last 7 operating flights were allegedly operated by cabin crew from other countries in an attempt by Ryanair to break the strikes. Leaked recordings reveal that a Ryanair boss warned the foreign cabin crew there would be ‘serious consequences’ if they refused to operate flights during the strike by their Portuguese counterparts. It looks like the airline believes it can resolve this issue by using cabin crew from a different European country, although legislation would forbid Ryanair from calling in other cabin crew to break the strike. SNPVAC warns that Ryanair could face Europe-wide strikes, if the company continue to ignore local regulations. SNPVAC has met with several other European unions representing Ryanair workers (read our European sources section).

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