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More than 100 Ryanair flights to and from Belgium cancelled

Ryanair pilots in five European countries, including Belgium are striking today as part of an ongoing dispute about pay and conditions. Two weeks ago Ryan cabin crew downed tools. One of the unions’ demands is that Ryanair adheres to local labour laws in the countries in which their staff are base rather than applying Irish labour legislations to all its staff.

The industrial action has led to the cancellation of more than 100 flights to and from Belgium.  26 of the 46 Ryanair flights to or from Zaventem Airport near Brussels today have been cancelled. At Charleroi Airport in Hainault Province Ryanair 82 flights have been cancelled. Those booked on the affected flights have received a text or email from Ryanair offering either a refund or a place on an alternative flight.    

Today’s pilots’ strike is not the first time that Ryanair staff have taken industrial action this summer. Unions representing Ryanair staff in several European countries are at loggerheads with management.

They are demanding better working conditions, the recognition of official trade unions and the application of the labour legislation of the countries from which Ryanair staff fly rather than most Ryanair staff falling under Irish law as is currently the case.

The Dutch pilots’ association VNV also wants the issue of bogus self-employment among Ryanair pilots to be addressed and wants pilots at the airline to be paid when they are off sick, something that is currently not the case.    

Cabin crew took industrial action last month

Two weeks ago on 25 and 26 July Ryanair cabin crew in several European countries, including Belgium, took industrial action. More than 23,000 passengers were affected. The unions have said that they can’t rule out further industrial action, Ryanair management fail to send out a signal that they are prepared to talk about possible concessions.  

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