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Ryanair: Passengers braced for another flight strike as pilots and cabin crew to walk out
RYANAIR pilots and cabin crew members in Germany are to walk out tomorrow for 24 hours over a disagreement in pay and working hours. It follows a summer of chaos which saw hundreds of thousands of passengers affected across Europe.
Ryanair has been affected by a wave of strikes throughout the summer across Europe.
Pilots and cabin crew who work for the low-cost airline in Germany have announced their latest plane to strike tomorrow (12 September).
Disagreement over pay and working conditions has led to the strike which will begin at 01:01 on Wednesday and end at 00:59 on Thursday.
Which flights, if any, will be cancelled has not yet been revealed by the airline.
All Affected Customers Have Been Emailed This Morning
The VC pilot union has called a surprise (just 24 hours’ notice) and unnecessary strike in Germany on Wed, 12 Sep. While Ryanair hopes to complete much of its schedule, in the interest of minimising customer disruptions we have regrettably been forced to cancel 150 of 400 flights to/from Germany on Wed, 12 Sep.
All affected customers have received emails and SMS text notices this morning (11 Sep) and offered a refund, free move on to the next available flight or reroute options. Customers who have not received notices will not be disrupted and should travel to the airport as scheduled tomorrow.
Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:
“We condemn the short notice decision of the VC to call a strike on Wed 12th when Ryanair has already agreed to independent mediation/arbitration in Germany, has agreed to negotiate local contracts and has agreed to increase basic pay for German pilots.
To minimise customer disruption, Ryanair have been forced to cancel 150 flights of 400 flights to/from Germany tomorrow, Wed 12 Sep and all affected customers have been notified this morning and informed of their options. We apologise sincerely to our customers for this unnecessary strike and regrettable disruptions which Ryanair has done everything in its power to avoid.”
ngolf Schumacher, German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC)’s pay negotiator, issued a statement: “Despite the clear signal sent with the strike in early August there’s still standstill at the negotiation table.”
In a statement, Ryanair has “condemned” the pilot strike and seemed it “unnecessary”.
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