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Ryanair threatens dismissal and fleet cut if strikes continue

Airline reduced profit by 20% in its first fiscal quarter by rising fuel and labor disputes

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Ryanair threatens dismissal and fleet cut if strikes continue
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  • Ryanair threatens fleet reductions and layoffs if strikes persist

Ryanair gets serious in conflict it maintains with its pilots and cabin crew (TCP) and threatens to reduce fleet and routes, and proceed to layoffs for its winter campaign if strikes continue. The Irish airline claims that, despite its labor concessions, it expects more strikes this summer as it will take place next 25 and 26 July in Spain, Belgium and Portugal.

"If se unnecessary strikes continue to harm customer confidence, prices and profitability in certain domestic markets, we will have to revise our winter program, which can lead to fleet reductions at certain bases and Job losses in markets where competition employees interfere in our negotiations with our people and ir unions. We cannot allow our customers ' flights to be unnecessarily interrupted by a small minority, says Ryanair in its quarterly results note.

The airline indicates even though it is still actively engaged in negotiations with pilots ' and cabin crews ' unions across Europe, expects more strikes during summer peak period, "as we are not willing to yield to unreasonable demands that They'll compromise our low rates or our highly efficient business model. "

In video, statements of spokesman of Facua. Video: EUROPA PRESS

The company recalls that y have already signed recognition agreements for pilots and TCP unions in ir main markets (UK, Italy and Germany), but it requires that agreement has been slower in smaller markets "where competition pilots They impede both progress and negotiation process. "

Ryanair cabin crew in Spain are called to strike next 25 and 26 in defense of ir labor rights. The company has cancelled 400 flights with destination or arrival in Spain, which will affect 75,000 customers, although it claims that it has already relocated to 85% of those affected.

Reduction of benefits

Ryanair reduced net profit in first quarter of its fiscal year by 20% (from April to June 2018), to 319 million euros, according to results presented on Monday by company. Revenues reached 2.079 billion euros in period, 9% more compared to same period last year. Its average rate was reduced by 4%, up to 38.68 euros, with an increase of 7% of passengers transported, up to 37.6 million.

Michael O'Leary, CEO of airline, said in statement that fall of benefit is due to lowest rates, absence of half of Holy Week in quarter, oil prices and costs associated with pilots. The company registered 2,500 cancellations of flights from March to June, which blamed both lack of controllers at different airports and lack of personnel in United Kingdom, Germany and Greece and strikes in France.

In addition, it emphasized increase of traffic despite of more than 2,500 cancellations of flights caused by shortage of personnel of cabin crew and labor dispute with this group.

Last attempt to stop stoppages

The Directorate-General of Labour has again convened a new meeting tomorrow to try to desconvoque strike of cabin crew in Ryanair for next 25 and 26 July, after last week failed one that took place for same purpose between Use and Sitcpla — callers of unemployment — and representatives of airline's management.

The meeting has few visions of ending an agreement, as company has already rescheduled flights and relocated most of affected. The Ministry of Development has set minimum services for strike, which obliges to guarantee 100% of domestic flights between peninsula and islands; Between 35% and 59% of flights between peninsular cities and 59% of international flights.

In addition to TCP, Ryanair continues its conflict with pilots for similar reasons. The Spanish Airline Pilots Union (SEPLA) announced yesterday that this month in national court will bring a lawsuit against company for its insistence on keeping collective operating in Spain under Irish law.

The trade union, which brings toger 500 Ryanair pilots from 800 operating in Spain, has hired Roca Junyent to file a complaint. The SEPLA supports 100% mobilization of Ryanair's TCP collective, but has preferred to bring matter to courts rar than to convene strikes.

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