Ryanair strike set to affect Yorkshire holidaymakers

A board showing cancelled flights during a wider European strike of Ryanair airline crews to protest slow progress in negotiating a collective labour agreement at Schoenefeld airport south of Berlin Germany Aug. 10 2018

Nearly 400 Ryanair flights across Europe have been cancelled today - a sixth of those scheduled - as a result of strike action by the airline's pilots in five different countries.

Germany's powerful Cockpit union (VC) held a press conference in Frankfurt on 8 August, explaining that 96% of Ryanair pilots in Germany voted in favour of industrial action.

Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands are the countries in which pilots are striking, but which flights have been cancelled?

Despite the walkouts, 85pc of its scheduled flights, more than 2,000, will operate as normal, Ryanair said.

Dutch pilots' union VNV also called for a strike on Friday, after Ryanair said it was going to court on Thursday to try to prevent the Dutch pilots from striking over the summer.

But Ryanair's chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs accused the German union of calling "an unjustified and unnecessary strike", and urged Cockpit to return to the negotiating table to discuss a revised offer the airline proposed last week.

Which flights are affected by the Ryanair strike?

Ryanair cancelled 16 of around 2,300 daily flights on after the third one-day strike by Irish pilots. If the strike goes ahead, it will hit mainly passengers travelling from Eindhoven.




The arrangements form part of a post-war political settlement between employer- and employee representatives which granted workers significant rights with regards to their labor conditions and their role in the cooperative management of companies.

Thousands of Ryanair customers have been affected by strike action today.

Around 55,000 passengers are affected by the strikes, said Ryanair, which has offered customers refunds or the option of rerouting their journey.

Founded 33 years ago in Dublin, Ryanair boasts lower costs per passenger than its competitors.

Unions are pushing for better pay and conditions at Ryanair and want collective labour contracts governed by local laws, rather than Irish ones.

The payment of other compensation to passengers of Ryanair rejects the user.

Shares in the airline were 4.2 percent lower at 12.97 euros by 1240 GMT, having fallen 21 percent since the action ramped up in mid-July to stand well below the 14.21 euros they slumped to in December when Ryanair shocked markets by recognising unions. This can mean staff based in other European states are unable to gain access to state benefits.

"We apologise to our customers for this unnecessary strike and regrettable disruption".

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