Ryanair cabin crew in Spain call off first day of strike

Unions representing Ryanair's roughly 1,800 cabin crew in Spain have called off a 24-hour strike planned for Tuesday but said they will go ahead with work stoppages on January 10th and 13th.

Ryanair cabin crew in Spain call off first day of strike
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Last month the USO and Sitcpla unions called the three 24-hour strikes because the budget Irish-based carrier had failed to reach agreement with them during mediation on improving work and pay conditions.

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But late Monday the two unions called off the industrial action planned for Tuesday after holding talks in Madrid with representatives of Ryanair, which has faced a wave of strikes in several European countries in recent months.   

“Basically it is to give more opportunity for the negotiations to keep going,” a Ryanair purser who represents Sitcpla, Manuel Lodeiro, told AFP.   

The unions are demanding local contracts under local law rather than the Irish contracts Ryanair uses widely.

Europe's biggest low-cost airline only began recognising unions for the first time in its 30-year history in December 2017, to avert mass strikes during the busy Christmas period.   

In July, strikes by cockpit and cabin crew disrupted 600 flights in Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain, affecting 100,000 travellers.   

Then on September 28, cabin crew walked out again in Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain and in some countries pilots' unions also took action.

The budget carrier has so far managed to clinch labour agreements with staff in several countries including Britain, Germany, Portugal and Italy.   

Spain is Ryanair's third biggest market. The airline has 13 of its 89 bases in the country.

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