This December Ryanair will face its first strike as Italian and Portuguese pilots are demanding the right to unionize.
The strike will begin on December 15.
Pilots from Ireland, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands are also considering action.
The main demand is the right for collective bargaining outside the framework of Ryanair’s own employee representative committees. However, Italian pilots have also raised concerns over social security and health care.
The Irish company has been shedding pilots to other companies. A general shortage of pilots has meant that pilots seek better employment conditions in a company that is notorious for its working conditions.
A recent failure of the company to plan pilot’s leaves of absence has meant the company needed to cancel over 20,000 flight.
In a brief statement to Bloomberg on Wednesday, Ryanair’s spokesman Robin Kiely said the company expected the strike to be called off.