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Ryanair has been in the news a lot lately because of an ongoing dispute with their employees. And now cabin crews in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands, are planning a one-day strike on Friday, September 28, 2018.
The airline has contacted impacted customers and is offering refunds and alternative flights. To minimize the headaches of a flight disruption in the future, check out our 3 tips on how to handle a canceled flight.
Ryanair has canceled 190 flights in response to the strike. The strike will affect 30,000 passengers, which is a lot. But it’s actually less than 7% of the total number of Ryanair passengers for that day.
That said, even though that seems like a small percentage, this will likely also impact travel to or from the countries where the strikes are happening, as most of those passengers will be accommodated by other airlines.
Ryanair has blamed the unions, saying they are acting at “the behest of competitor airlines” and alleging that cabin crew members of other airlines are instigating the strikes. But it seems that most of the issues Ryanair is having with the labor unions revolve around the fact that while their employees live all over Europe, they have been employed under Irish law. This has been a less than favorable situation for many employees, and Ryanair is working to move employees to local laws and taxation as soon as 2019.
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Hat tip: Irish Times