Endless queues, delays, lost luggage, mess at airports... already very affected by the shortage of staff, the European skies darken further as the summer holidays approach, with the multiplication of strike calls in several airlines. Employees of low-cost airlines, under pressure from the sudden resumption of traffic, are demanding an improvement in their working conditions.
This is particularly the case at Ryanair, whose staff are called to strike this weekend. in France, but also in Spain, Belgium, Italy and Portugal. The company Easyjet is also affected by strikes in Spain this weekend.
On Monday, the European Transport Workers' Federation warned in an open letter that "The chaos facing the airline industry will only get worse through the summer as workers are pushed to their limits."
At Ryanair, employees want respect for labor rights and wage increases
In each country, striking Ryanair stewardesses and stewards are demanding respect for labor rights and wage increases, as the Irish company prepares for a booming summer, with more activity than in 2019.
In France, "the company does not respect the rest times as provided for by the civil aviation code", says Damien Mourgues, the representative of the National Union of Commercial Flight Crew, the SNPNC, to AFP. His union is also asking for a salary increase for employees who are "paid at minimum wage".
In Spain, the unions call on the hostesses and stewards of the Irish company to go on strike June 24, 25, 26 and 30 as well as July 1 and 2. In Portugal, Ryanair staff are also called upon to mobilize from June 24 to 26everything like in Belgium.
We will continue the strikes all summer if necessary" - Christelle Auster, President of the SNPC
"The strike movements will be repeated, that's for sure, warned this Friday morning Christelle Auster, the president of the SNPC, on franceinfo. "Especially since we have a management that sends threatening letters explaining that there is no point in going on strike and that, in any case, we will not get anything. And since this situation is unacceptable and that we intend improve the working conditions of the employees, we will continue the strikes all summer if necessary", she warned.
Sunday, Ryanair pilots have decided to join their colleagues hostesses and steward, and in turn called to stop work from Friday
On June 12 and 13, a strike had already provoked the cancellation of a quarter of the Ryanair program in France, i.e. about forty flights.
Nine days of strike in July at Easyjet
The anger also affects the company EasyJet, since the Union Syndicale Ouvrier (USO) plans nine days of strike in July at the airports of Barcelona, Malaga, and Majorca in the Balearic Islands.
This movement will result in walkouts from Friday to Sunday during three of the four weekends in July, clarified the USO. Only July 23 and 24 remain spared at this stage.
The company wanted to "reassure its customers" Tuesday, but acknowledged expecting "some disturbances" of its flights from these Spanish airports.
A strike at Brussels Airlines this weekend
The staff of the national company Brussels Airlines, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, are also called to strike this weekend.
Ground staff strike next weekend at Roissy
At airports, staff shortages are also causing serial cancellations and lengthening queues. At Paris-Charles de Gaulle, employees are called to stop work from July 1st.
On Monday, the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) warned in an open letter that "The chaos facing the airline industry will only get worse through the summer as workers are pushed to their limits."