Saturday 24 August 2019
News ID: 56087
Publish Date: 08 August 2018 - 21:49
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ryanair pilots in Germany plan to strike for 24 hours from Friday, their union said on Wednesday, adding to action already planned in Ireland, Sweden and Belgium.
Ryanair late last year said it would recognize unions, but has so far not agreed any collective labor deals with staff across Europe.
Ryanair has already cancelled 6 percent of the more than 2,400 flights it has scheduled across Europe on Friday as a result of the strikes planned in the other three countries.
The walkout by pilots based in Germany will start at 0101 GMT on Friday, affecting all flights from Germany, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said in a statement.
The VC union said last month that talks with management had ended without the progress they hoped for and they gave Ryanair until Monday to put forward a new offer.
The union is demanding improved pay and conditions for Ryanair pilots, but said on Wednesday that Ryanair had ruled out any increase in staff costs.
Ryanair executives are due to hold a news conference in Frankfurt later on Wednesday.
****In this file photo taken on Oct 19, 2017 a Boeing 737 Next Gen of Irish low-cost Ryanair airline flies on Oct 19, 2017 after taking off from the Toulouse-Blagnac airport, near Toulouse.

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