POST TIME: 13 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
German strike plunges Ryanair into fresh turmoil

German strike plunges Ryanair into fresh turmoil

German pilots and cabin crew for budget Irish carrier Ryanair walked off the job Wednesday, disrupting travel for thousands of passengers in the latest flare-up of a bitter Europe-wide battle for better pay and conditions, reports AFP from Berlin.

The Irish budget carrier said it was cancelling 150 out of 400 scheduled flights to and from Germany because of the walkout, which it slammed as “unacceptable” and “unnecessary”.

It also said it may have to close some bases and slash jobs if the stoppages drag on.

Germany’s Cockpit pilots’ federation and the Verdi service workers’ union called the 24-hour strike, which started at 03:00 am (0100 GMT), after they said talks with Ryanair management were deadlocked.

“We hope that this strike shows a significant effect, that the company realises the employees won’t accept rotten working conditions and bad pay any longer,” said Verdi spokesman Andreas Splanemann at a demo by cabin crew at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport.

But with affected passengers largely warned off in advance, there were few stranded travellers to see the workers with their placards reading “no rights, no flights”.

The strike comes as Ryanair is already bracing for a mass coordinated walkout by cabin crew in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

Union leaders are expected to announce details of the stoppage in Brussels on Thursday.

They have vowed to stage “the biggest strike action the company has ever seen”.