Strikes at Ryanair and easyJet: When will they take place this summer?
In recent weeks, airline strike action has been threatened across much of Europe, adding another layer of chaos to what should have been a prosperous year for international travel.
Summer travel across Europe is already being impacted by cancellations, delays, missing baggage, and hours-long lines. Is strike action likely to disrupt your vacation as well?
Large-scale job and pay cuts during the pandemic are to blame for much of the disruption. Staff shortages have had an impact on the passenger experience, but they have also had a significant impact on those working in the industry.
As a result, it is not surprising that unions are striking over working conditions.
Staff walkouts, some of which have already occurred, are likely to wreak havoc on Europe’s low-cost airlines.
Last-minute cancellations and general disorganization at easyJet have even prompted unions to claim that crew members face a “serious safety risk,” working on days off unwillingly to avoid further disruption.
So far, what do we know about the airlines and airports that may be affected by strikes this summer?
When will Ryanair employees go on strike?
The Ryanair strike began on the weekend of June 24th, with some cabin crews walking out in Belgium, Portugal, and Spain.
However, the airline believes that strike action will not cause widespread disruption this summer. Disputes typically revolve around pay and working conditions.
Cabin crews in Spain are also planning a strike from June 30 to July 2.
Belgian trade unions claim they have been forced to take action because Ryanair does not follow labor laws.
Security personnel have also gone on strike at Brussels Zaventem Airport. During the walkout last week, it was forced to cancel all departing flights on Monday.
When will easyJet employees go on strike?
According to the Unión Sindical Obrera, EasyJet cabin crew in Spain will go on strike for nine days in July (USO).
They will strike in three stages, beginning on July 1 and ending on July 31 – just as the summer vacation season begins.
Flight attendants are protesting low wages and demanding a 40% raise in their basic pay. According to USO, it represents approximately 80% of the 450 easyJet employees based in Spain. As of 30 June, strike action was still scheduled to begin on July 1.