Ryanair is set to face the ‘biggest strike in history’ today as its staff, mainly cabin crew, in six European countries is set to walk out, causing travel disruption and around 250 flight cancellations.
Cabin crews in Germany, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy, as well as pilots in Germany, served Ryanair strike notices of the 24-hour walkout, stepping up pressure in talks over pay and conditions.
Union leaders are calling for the staff to be given contracts in the countries where they live, instead of in Ireland, where Ryanair is based.
Ryanair initially cancelled 150 flights due to what it said was an unnecessary strike by a “tiny minority of cabin crew”. The carrier said yesterday it expected up to 100 more to be cancelled after German pilots said they would join the protest.