Ryanair pilots have massively supported the adoption of legal measures , including the strike, as a measure of protest over the announced closure of the bases of Tenerife Sur, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and, possibly, Girona, some closures that "will mean dismissal of more than 100 pilots throughout Spain ".
More than 90% of the pilots consulted by the Sepla union have said yes to the question "Do you authorize the Trade Union Section to take all legal measures deemed necessary, including the strike, to resolve the current conflict?" reported the Spanish Airline Trade Union (Sepla).
In its statement, Sepla notes that "it has not yet called any strike", although "it does not rule out doing so in the coming weeks." Despite this, it will exhaust the negotiation routes with the company at all times.
It must be remembered that last summer, when Ryanair faced the first coordinated strike in Europe, the Sepla chose to go to court and after reaching an agreement with the airline in October on the application of Spanish labor legislation to contracts of pilots based in Spain withdrew the demand.
THE ANNOUNCED CLOSURES "ARE NOT FOUNDED"
Ryanair Spanish pilots are now protesting the announced closure of bases, which is not based on any legal or economic argument and would mean the dismissal of more than one hundred pilots. "We hope that the company reconsiders in its decision, which is not protected by any economic motivation since Ryanair continues to announce benefits year after year," they point out from the union section of the Sepla in the Irish airline.
The Sepla denounces that Ryanair has announced the closing of bases "without carrying out the obligatory legal procedure to carry out a collective dismissal" and also considers that these dismissals "do not comply with the law, as they are not motivated either legally or economically" .
The legal team of the Sepla is studying how to give way to the collective's will and points out that the measures adopted will finally be duly communicated to public opinion, "in order to harm passengers as little as possible."
The closure of Gran Canaria and Tenerife South, scheduled for January, and Girona later, puts some 350 TCP and 150 pilots at risk, according to the USO union calculations.
FOLLOW THE STRIKE OF FLIGHT ASSISTANTS
Meanwhile, and waiting for the next meeting between the parties, the ten-day strike of the cabin crew (TCP) in Ryanair, called by the USO and Sitcpla unions, for September (1, 2, 6, 8) , 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29) against the announced closures, after the first mediation meeting failed.
"The call for ten days of strike in Spain is maintained, and until they come with data in hand and with real justifications, because we will not move from the strike," said USO-Ryanair Organization Secretary Jairo Gonzalo, After the meeting, which took place last Tuesday.
The mediators have proposed a new meeting between the two parties for next week, at the gates of the summoned stoppages, in which they have invited Ryanair to provide data that justify their closing decision.
USO and Sitcpla have accused Ryanair of wanting to "empty" the company and "pass" the personnel of the three bases that threatens to close subsidiaries such as Laudamotion or Ryanair Sun, where labor rights "are reduced."
RYANAIR SAYS THE ROUTES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED
According to Ryanair, due to the late delivery of up to 30 737 MAX aircraft this winter , several company bases will be reduced or closed this winter. However, it ensures that "no route will be affected", since they will be served by flights from other bases from November when winter time begins.
The airline already advanced in February possible adjustments in its bases due to the evolution of the business derived from the uncertainty of the ' Brexit ', after more moderate increases than in the previous seasons, to which the delay of the order of the 737 MAX is added to Boeing , with which he had for summer and whose deliveries are suspended.
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