Ryanair strike: One in six flights cancelled in pilot walkout

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Pilots across Germany, Ireland, Belgium and Sweden will down tools on Friday and walk out amidst a deepening row with management at the airline.

Ryanair has so far cancelled 20 Irish flights, 104 Belgian flights, 22 Swedish flights and 250 German flights scheduled for Friday so far.

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Ryanair, which averted widespread strikes before Christmas by agreeing to recognize unions for the first time in its 30-year history, has been unable to quell rising protests since over slow progress in negotiating collective labor agreements. Vereinigung Cockpit has stated that their concerns relate to "improvements in pay and working conditions", adding the Ryanair has categorically ruled out any possibility of an increase in staff costs.

Ryanair pilots are striking in five European countries, forcing the cancellation of a sixth of the firm's flights during the holiday season peak.

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Ryanair slammed the strike as "unnecessary".

The Irish airline, Europe's largest low-priced carrier, averted widespread strikes before Christmas by agreeing to recognise unions for the first time in its 30-year history. If the strike goes ahead, it will hit mainly passengers travelling from Eindhoven. Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's chief marketing officer, said the airline had sent a...

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"After a year of negotiations, the failure of Ryanair to recognise Sepla and apply Spanish labour legislation for the pilots who operate in Spain forces the union to take a legal path to attain this objective", the union said.

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