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Grappling With Union Strike, Ryanair Forced To Cancel 250 Flights

The strike held by the Ryanair has not only canceled 250 flights but has also become a reason of distress for thousands of passengers, who had booked a ticket in those flights.

Initially, 150 flights were canceled as the pilots in Belgium and the Netherlands had called for a strike. The number increased to 250 when the German pilots joined the other pilots in the strike. Along with the pilots, the cabin crews from Italy, German, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal have also suspended working over the controversies of the contracts.

Simon Calder, the travel editor of the Independent stated that the biggest European stop of Ryanair had been informed about the cancellation of 20 flights, which were primarily from Germany. A few flights to and from the UK are also affected. Simon Calder mentioned that the 8 Manchester services which are to and from Faro, Malaga, Barcelona, and Berlin have been canceled. Along with the Manchester services, flights from East Midlands to Malaga and Birmingham to Lanzarote have been grounded.

According to the Unions, the staffs must be offered with contracts in the respective countries in which they are residing rather than the compulsory implementation of the Irish law.

Michael O’Leary, the Chief Executive of Ryanair stated that the strike was not needed as the company had previously written to the Unions regarding the shifting of the contracts to the local administration.

On the contrary, the Union of the Dutch pilots stated that the airline company had committed the employees to offer local contract verbally. However, the management refused to give any statement in writing, which initiated the agitation. Joost Van Doesburg, on behalf of the VNV Union, stated that the members have demanded to provide pension as per the Dutch standards along with the commitment to offer a guarantee for the sick pay.

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