Ryanair strike today CALLED OFF - why has staff walk out been suspended?
RYANAIR staff were set to walk out in strike action today, January 8. Employees for the budget airline based in Spain planned to stage the first of three strikes, yet called off the action.
By Beth Allcock PUBLISHED: 09:07, Tue, Jan 8, 2019| UPDATED: 09:11, Tue, Jan 8, 2019
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Ryanair swerved serious disruption when staff abandoned a strike today, January 8. Those working for the budget airline in Spain were set to stage a walk out, as previously announced, and carry through with their plans. It would have been the first of three stints of scheduled planned industrial action, with similar strikes penned in for January 10 and 13. Each were planned to last 24 hours and see workers from unions USO and SITCPLA join forces.
Why has the Ryanair strike been suspended?
The two unions involved in the dispute – USO and Sitcpla – called off the industrial action planned for Tuesday after holding talks in Madrid with Ryanair representatives.
"Basically it is to give more opportunity for the negotiations to keep going," a Ryanair purser who represents Sitcpla, Manuel Lodeiro, told AFP.
What has Ryanair said about the January 8 strike?
Ryanair previously said it still expected to run a full flight schedule today, despite any planned action.
In a statement posted on Twitter the company said: "Due to the efforts of the Spanish Government minimum services regulator, and the support of our pilots and cabin crew in Spain, we expect to operate a full schedule of flights to/from (and within) Spain on Tuesday, January 8.
"All passengers scheduled to fly should check in online as normal and arrive at their departure airport at least 2 hours prior to their time of scheduled departure."