Social tensions at Ryanair: the meeting between unions and management still in progress, a decision will be taken on Thursday

No decision on a potential strike action will therefore be taken before Thursday afternoon, indicates Didier Lebbe, permanent secretary of the CNE.

Management and Belgian unions of Ryanair met on Wednesday to discuss the negotiation of a new collective labor agreement. Discussions have been stalling for many weeks because the carrier’s proposals do not comply with Belgian labor law, say the Flemish Christian unions ACV Puls and French-speaking CNE, the only ones represented in the Irish low-cost company. The two organizations also denounce the absence of an HR department based in Belgium and familiar with the social legislation that applies.

A decision on Thursday?

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The meeting was still in progress at the end of the afternoon. In the process, the union delegates will have to decide on the content of the proposals. No decision as to a potential strike movement in the days to come will therefore be taken before Thursday afternoon, warns Didier Lebbe on Wednesday evening.

According to the CNE permanent secretary, there is talk of a three-day action, which could take place at the end of June or the beginning of July and spread over a weekend. In Spain, the cabin crew intends for example to stop work for 6 days, on June 24, 25 and 26 as well as June 30 and July 1 and 2. On Tuesday, a Portuguese union called the staff of the Irish low-cost company to a three-day strike, also from June 24 to 26, in order to protest against the deterioration of the working conditions of the employees.

Still other countries, including Belgium, could follow, while the company’s boss, Michael O’Leary, has already said that he would make no concessions under the threat of a strike.

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