The Dublin-based carrier said that it would cancel six percent of flights amid the walk-outs in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. It had previously estimated 190 would be affected. Germany’s pilots’ union said it would support the strike action, while the country’s cabin crew union Verdi said it would announce on Thursday evening whether German Ryanair crew would join Friday’s walkout. Ryanair and Verdi had negotiated on Tuesday for a collective agreement on income and working conditions, which so far does not exist. Verdi did not want to accept the latest offer of pay, which offers three increases in the monthly salary of €40 to 60 within four years. The offer corresponds approximately to an inflation compensation, negotiator Mira Neumaier explained. The union is also negotiating for a salary level of comparable low-cost airlines. Ryanair’s biggest strike Trade unions have claimed that Friday’s 24-hour stoppage will be the biggest strike in the Irish carrier’s history. Ryanair said in a statement that the vast majority of its 2,400 flights on Friday “will be unaffected by these unnecessary strikes and will operate as scheduled”. All affected customers received email and text message notifications on Tuesday to advise them of cancellations and options, Ryanair said. “We… Read full this story
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