18 APRIL 2022
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Next weekend is affected.
Belgian cabin crews at Ryanair are taking strike action from Friday 22 April until Sunday 24 April. The strike is set to affect Ryanair flights from Brussels and Charleroi.
The unions claim the management is not respecting employees’ fundamental rights. Whilst at first look this does not involve ex-UK airport routes some are operated in a ‘W’ which means aircraft can fly to another airport and then on to a further one, and take the reverse routing. With Ryanair, sectors are usually short and most under two hours. It is easy for a single crew to operate four sectors within their allowed work schedule. UK airports could be impacted.
Mediation effort failed on Friday. The unions accuse the management of refusing to invest in the company’s staff of 650 in Belgium. They say the company is not providing correct remuneration and point to the lack of human resources (HR) services in the country.
“You can’t get your head round it. Such a large company that doesn’t have proper HR policies. Salary statements often include errors. Wages are not paid correctly and there are problems with essential social security documents”, says Hans Elsen of the Christian union.
“There are female staff who can’t fly due to a pregnancy but who are at home for months without wages or benefit”.
Pilots are not joining the strike, but their representatives too are negotiating with the company.
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