RYANAIR has cancelled 150 of 400 flights to and from Germany TOMORROW as it slams pilots’ union for “lack of notice”.
The company has slammed the short notice and apologised to customers for the “unnecessary strike and regrettable disruptions”.
“Ryanair did everything in its power to avoid this,” said Ryanair spokesman Kenny Jacobs.
A further strike by Ryanair unions representing pilots, cabin crew and ground staff in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium and Holland is also now expected for September 28th. This will be confirmed on Thursday.
Wednesday’s walkout has been called by the German unions Vereinigung Cockpit and Verdi Ver.di but was only announced on Monday.
Ver.di says it is demanding a subsantial increase in pay for cabin crew and is calling on 1,000 staff in Germany at all locations to support the strike on September 12th.
The union says a second meeting with the airline had been “fruitless” and criticised the current pay structure as “completely out of the question”. Ver.di alleges working conditions are “catastrophic” and “extremely poor”.
With our demands, we are not even at the level of other low-cost providers,” said ver.di negotiator Mira Neumaier and: “A first step would first be secured income.”
Pilots union VC has been calling for improvements in pay and working conditions but says there is still deadlock.
The union wants Ryanair management to mediate in September, using a mediator who “knows German law”.
Ingolf Schumacher, Head of Industrial Relations, said: “Despite the strong signal of the strike action beginning of August, negotiations have come to a standstill. We are ultimately expecting solutions. ”
The twelve bases are located in Germany in Berlin Schönefeld and in Tegel, Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt Hahn, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Weeze, Hamburg, Bremen, Nuremberg, Memmingen and Baden-Baden. The union ver.di expects that slightly more than 300 flights throughout Germany will be affected by the strike.
“This is our first warning strike, we want the employer to move,” said Christine Behle, member of the ver.di federal executive board.
The strike will begin on Wednesday at 3.01am and end on Thursday at 2.59am. About 400 pilots are expected to walk out.
Ryanair said today: “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 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.”
“We apologise sincerely to our customers for this unnecessary strike and regrettable disruptions which Ryanair has done everything in its power to avoid.”