Ryanair staff in Spain threaten wave of strikes in early January

Ryanair staff in Spain threaten wave of strikes in early January and pledge ‘at least three walkouts’ over pay and conditions, with unions accusing the carrier of ‘throwing tantrums’

  • Unions representing Ryanair staff in Spain had given the airline an ultimatum 
  • They gave it until December 21 to respond to claims, but it failed to do so 
  • The airline was accused of acting childishly for not coming to an agreement 

Rita Sobot For Mailonline

Ryanair staff in Spain are calling for a new round of strike action in early January after giving the airline an ultimatum over claims for better pay and conditions.

The two unions representing the staff, USO and Sitcpla, say they had given the no-frills operator until 3pm on December 21 to respond but it had failed to do so. Just a few hours later, they confirmed there would be at least three walkouts in the New Year.

They also accused Ryanair of ‘absurd and childish behaviour’ and ‘throwing tantrums’ for not coming to an agreement during mediation but say there is still time for the company to reconsider and ‘abide by Spanish legislation’ when it comes to labour contracts.

Ryanair staff in Spain are calling for a new round of strike action in early January after giving the airline an ultimatum over claims for better pay and conditions

Ryanair staff in Spain are calling for a new round of strike action in early January after giving the airline an ultimatum over claims for better pay and conditions

They claim around 1,800 Ryanair staff at Spanish bases ‘suffer every day, with worse working conditions than the rest of the workers because Ryanair does not apply Spanish legislation’.

Criticism has also been levelled at the Spanish Government for ‘failing to tell Ryanair that it has to comply with the law in the country where it operates and from which it obtains a large part of its benefits in Europe’.

The unions are officially registering their intention to hold a strike ballot and are suggesting ‘several days of strikes in the first weeks of January’.

‘From Sitcpla and the USO, we hope that the company will reconsider and agree to comply with Spanish legislation,’ they said in a joint statement.

Criticism has been levelled at the Spanish Government for 'failing to tell Ryanair that it has to comply with the law in the country where it operates and from which it obtains a large part of its benefits in Europe'

Criticism has been levelled at the Spanish Government for ‘failing to tell Ryanair that it has to comply with the law in the country where it operates and from which it obtains a large part of its benefits in Europe’

The unions say a new date for another negotiation meeting will be announced in the next few days and they hope Ryanair will ‘show humility which hasn’t been obvious over the last few months during this tense struggle for workers’ rights’.

On September 28, a 24-hour strike by Spanish Ryanair staff affected 30,000 passengers and 250 flights were cancelled.

The unions later hailed the strike as a success although Ryanair said the disruption caused had been minimal and 92 per cent of its services had operated as normal.

Ryanair has been asked for an official comment. 


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