Ryanair pilot strike grounds 400 flights across Europe

Ryanair strike Pilots in the Netherlands to join Europe-wide strikes on Friday

"For decades Ryanair has refused their employees basic labour rights most employees on the labour market take for granted, but here a strike is necessary to show the airline that it no longer can avoid treating its employees in a dignified manner", Martin Lindgren, President of the Swedish Pilots' Union, said in a statement.

Nearly 400 flights have been cancelled today, affecting more than 55,000 passengers.

One of the most severe was the 48-hour cabin crew strike on 25 and 26 July, which saw a total of 600 flights to and from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium cancelled, ruining the travel plans of 100,000 passengers.

Europe's largest low-priced airline recognized unions in December, but talks have so far failed to produce agreements on improved working conditions, or for contracts to be governed by the laws of the country where workers are based, rather than by Irish legislation. Past year it agreed to recognise unions for the first time but it is in a dispute over collective labour agreements.

The company says 85% of its scheduled flights will operate as normal on Saturday and the majority of customers affected have been given places on other Ryanair flights. Labour representatives are seeking collective bargaining agreements in the different countries.

Germany will be worst hit, with 250 cancellations at ten airports after the country's Cockpit union called on pilots towalk out from 3.01am local time (2.01am BST).

Samsung plans $22 bln spending on new tech
The injection of money will be made over the coming three years and will be part of an overall $161 billion investment plan. It expects this to "induce" another 700,000 jobs in related South Korean industries and businesses.

Militants halt fire in Gaza flare-up
The Gaza Strip, home to almost two million Palestinians, has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007. A pregnant Palestinian woman and her 18-month-old child were killed in the Israeli attacks, as was a Hamas militant.

Kim K's gone and changed Chicago's name because it doesn't "flow"
Kim Kardashian shared the cutest photo of her youngest children, Chicago and Saint West to Instagram . Notably, Kim and Kanye welcomed their princess Chicago in January of this year through a surrogate.

The unions want the contracts of Ryanair employees to be governed by the laws of the nation where they are based, not by Irish legislation.

Ryanair's management claims to have offered a pay increase and to be open to further talks.

Responding to the comments Mr Calder made on the BBC today, Ryanair told Express.co.uk: "In the case of a cancelled flight, if the customer requests a full refund, then no further compensation is due". But it has also threatened to move part of its fleet to Poland, which could mean a loss of jobs.

Since the it first recognised unions in December 2017, walkouts have been staged multiple times by Ryanair staff in various countries.

He said: "Ryanair took every step to minimise the disruption and we notified our customers as early as possible advising them of their free move, refund or reroute options", the carrier said.

'We want to again apologise to customers affected by this unnecessary disruption and we ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling any more unjustified strikes'.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung Galaxy Watch hands on review
Aug 10, 2018 - 19:32
At the NY event on Thursday, Samsung also introduced a new Galaxy Watch that competes with a similar product from Apple . The Galaxy Watch is available to preorder Friday, Aug. 10 and goes on sale Aug. 24 at Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Smoke from Swadlincote plastic pallets fire fills sky
Aug 10, 2018 - 19:23
It took them 12 hours to get the fire under control, which saw thousands of plastic bread trays go up in flames. In the horrifying footage, the "firenado" is seen swirling as firefighters rushed to the scene.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mourinho takes swipe at United's detractors
Aug 10, 2018 - 18:28
Having previously managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola is used to high expectations. City won the league by 19 points, finishing with record goals and wins in the process.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pochettino: Premier League clubs have 'disadvantage' in transfer market
Aug 10, 2018 - 17:34
Newcastle United's opponents on the opening day of the Premier League season may be without some of their biggest names. "But of course I'm happy for many young players who stepped up and behaved very well on and off the pitch".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Turkish lira tumbles to fresh low
Aug 10, 2018 - 16:12
The lira lost 12pc against the dollar on Friday following an escalation of the tensions between Turkey and America. Going in the opposite direction was the safe-haven Japanese yen , which hit a one-month high against the dollar.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hundreds flee as floods sweep through camp sites in southern France
Aug 10, 2018 - 15:25
Supported by four helicopters, more than 400 firefighters and paramilitary officers were mobilized for the rescue operation. Dousset, the top aide of the Gard administration, said no one knew for certain yet that the man was in his van at the time.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China bans 'Winnie the Pooh' film over comparisons to President Xi Jinping
Aug 10, 2018 - 14:55
Disney's A Wrinkle in Time , which debuted around the world in March, has not been released in China. Government censors has been erasing the images that mocked Xi on social media.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Giants' 'D' makes Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield look good
Aug 10, 2018 - 13:26
The Cleveland Browns will open their preseason against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium Thursday night. Mayfield also kept the drive alive by scrambling for first downs on third-and-6 and fourth-and-2.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kawhi Leonard thanks Spurs teammates and fans, Gregg Popovich in letter
Aug 10, 2018 - 12:57
Leonard demanded a trade this summer away from the only team he has known, after seven mostly brilliant seasons in San Antonio . However, questions remain about the status of a right leg injury that shelved him for all but nine games last season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Barcelona 'insert £54m buy-back clause' into Yerry Mina's Everton deal
Aug 10, 2018 - 12:41
The La Liga champions confirmed Mina's move for a fee of around £27 million, saying they had an option to buy him back. Moments later they also confirmed that Portugal global Gomes would join the Premier League side on loan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top National Football League players resume protests during USA anthem
Aug 10, 2018 - 11:11
A pair of Miami Dolphins football players took a knee during the national anthem before the team's preseason opener on Thursday. Earlier this year, the league said it would require players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Moscow to retaliate in sanctions war with US
Aug 10, 2018 - 11:03
Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia were found slumped unconscious on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top WF coach charged with assault in connection to death
Aug 10, 2018 - 10:41
His family has said he was looking for his ride. "He was a really good person". "We're going to say one thing and that's all". He was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Arab group petitions Israel court over Jewish nation law
Aug 10, 2018 - 10:27
Critics say it marginalizes the country's Arab minority, while supporters say it ensures the Jewish character of the state for generations to come.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Malaysia's Ex-PM Najib Charged with More Corruption Counts
Aug 10, 2018 - 09:27
On Tuesday, a luxury yacht that was allegedly procured using stolen money from 1MDB was returned to the Malaysian government. Dr Mahathir swiftly reopened an investigation into 1MDB and barred Najib and wife Rosmah Mansor from leaving Malaysia .