“The strikes will be repeated, we will continue all summer if necessary”, warns Friday, June 24 on franceinfo Christelle Auster, the president of the National Union of Commercial Flight Crew (SNPNC), which represents the hostesses and stewards of most airlines. A call for a strike was launched at Ryanair this weekend in France, Spain, Belgium, Italy and Portugal as the summer season starts for low cost companies. The SNPNC asks “the application of labor law and the payment of overtime”.
“The strike movements will be repeated, that’s for sure, she warned. Especially since we have a management that sends threatening letters explaining that there is no point in going on strike and that, in any case, we will not get anything.
“As this situation is unacceptable and we intend to improve the working conditions of the employees, we will continue the strikes all summer if necessary.”Christine Auster
Christelle Auster denounces “contempt of Ryanair management” who “results in this strike”, she says. Working conditions for flight personnel, in particular, are becoming difficult and airlines are having difficulty recruiting. “Working at an airport means working either at Charles-de-Gaulle or at Orly, in any case in the Paris region, she points out. It means starting your shifts very early, it means having to take your car to come and realize that in the end, you are doing a job that is not very well paid in somewhat difficult conditions. So, I think that the difficulties in recruiting can be explained.”
“At Ryanair, you have a turnover of more than 50%. Ryanair has even set up a bonus of 1,000 euros for those who would like to come and do the entry course. They come, do the entry course and do not fly with Ryanair because the conditions are so unacceptable”she explained.
After the Covid-19 crisis, airlines, such as Easyjet for example, are forced to cancel flights due to lack of staff. Strike movements are multiplying in the sector in Europe to denounce the deterioration of working conditions which has accelerated since the pandemic.