Ryanair threatens German pilots with layoffs

DANIEL BOCKWOLDT

A Boeing 737-800 airplane of the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair stands on the apron at the airport in Hamburg, Germany, 01 November 2016

Ryanair threatens German pilots with layoffs


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Ryanair’s German pilots and cabin crew are on strike on Wednesday.

Ryanair has cancelled 150 out of a total 400 flights from and to Germany, the German public broadcaster DW reports.

Germany’s pilots’ federation and the Verdi service workers’ union say negotiations with the low-cost Irish carrier reached a deadlock. Talks are due to resume on Thursday.

Ryanair wants Irish labour dispute mediation; pilots and crews demand national contracts and national labour law to apply in each member state.

The German Ryanair strike is the latest industrial action in a summer with successive walkouts in Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. In Germany alone, 250 flights were cancelled.

Unions across Europe warn of further coordinated action in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain unless Ryanair shareholders meet their demands in a meeting scheduled for September 20. Ryanair, in turn, has banned media from its shareholders’ meeting and threatened with closing bases and moving jobs from Germany, the Irish broadcaster RTE reports.

“It is unacceptable that a union representing Ryanair’s German pilots, who earn up to €190,000 a year and work a five-day week followed by a four-day weekend, is now threatening customers travel plans at short notice,” Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs told the press on Tuesday.

The threat of moving jobs to Poland has also been used during the Irish pilot strike this summer.

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