Ryanair staff call strike in Spain for July 25th and 26th

Spanish cabin crew unions demand that the low-cost airline respect the labour laws of each country in which it operates instead of applying Irish legislation.

Ryanair staff call strike in Spain for July 25th and 26th
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Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew announced on Thursday they will call a strike on the 25th and 26th of July in Spain, as well as in Portugal, Italy and Belgium. 

Workers are demanding that the low cost company abide by the labour rights of each country in which it operates and that it recognize the representatives elected by each organization to negotiate a collective agreement.

By calling a two-day strike they hope Ryanair will stop applying Irish labour legislation in all territories and rather adapt its working conditions to the framework of each country it flies to.

Union representatives across all four countries warned the airline of an impending “macro strike” for this summer last May, with these date in late July being the first ones confirmed.

They added that although the majority of the cabin crew is hired by temp agencies, the company intends to leave this matter off the debating table, “which implies a clear discrimination against workers who do the same work on the same planes and the same flights as those hired by the company itself, but in worse conditions, ” Ernesto Iglesias, of aviation union USO told Spanish daily El País.

Ryanair has described the cabin and ground crew's demands as “pointless”, insisting they already enjoy good conditions.

In Spain, all workers hired through an agency must by law have the same working conditions as those contracted directly by any company.


Ryanair’s cabin bag fee policy ruled ‘abusive’ by Spanish court

A Spanish court has ordered Ryanair to refund a customer who was charged for taking a carry-on bag without a special ticket, and told the airline to remove the clause from its terms and conditions.

Ryanair's cabin bag fee policy ruled 'abusive' by Spanish court
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In a ruling issued last month but only published Wednesday, the Commercial Court said the budget carrier must repay the 20-euro ($22) fee plus interest it had imposed on a female passenger flying from Madrid to Brussels for taking a small suitcase of up to 10 kilos (22 lbs).

Ryanair only allows small bags into the cabin if they can be stowed under the seat in front, but larger bags of up to 10 kilos require a luggage fee, or a fee-paying priority boarding pass.

In its ruling, which cannot be appealed, the court described the airline's cabin baggage policy as “abusive” in respect to the customer's legal rights under Spanish law.

It declared Ryanair's cabin baggage policy to be null and void and ordered the airline “to remove it” from its terms and conditions.   

But the Dublin-based airline said in a statement that the ruling “will not affect Ryanair's baggage policy.”

Ryanair added that the Spanish court had “misinterpreted the airlines' commercial freedom to determine the size of their cabin baggage.”

In February, Italy's antitrust authority fined Ryanair three million euros and Hungary's Wizzair one million euros over their cabin baggage policy on grounds it was tantamount to raising ticket prices in a “non-transparent”

But last month, an Italian court cancelled the fines following an appeal by the two airlines.

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