Belgian cabin crew unions plan June 24-26 strike at Ryanair

Adding to the disruption, Brussels Airlines unions are planning industrial action around the same time.

Unions ACV and BBTK said they were forced to act because Ryanair failed to comply with Belgian labor law covering issues such as minimum wages or cabin crew pay for certain pre-flight and post-flight work.

They said Ryanair operated 17 planes from Charleroi airport and two from Brussels.

Unions representing some Ryanair crew members in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain have all announced strike plans in recent days.

A Ryanair spokesperson said on Friday unions should return to the negotiating table to make improvements instead of disrupting Belgian customers’ travel plans.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said on Tuesday that the union accusations were “total rubbish”.

“We fully respect Belgian law, we have working agreements here with the pilot unions and the cabin crew unions,” he told a press conference, adding that during a strike in April, less than 40% of Ryanair’s Belgian flights were affected.

More than 60% of flights to and from Belgium are operated on aircraft that are not based in the country.

Separately, unions said on Thursday that pilots and cabin crew at Brussels Airlines, a unit of Lufthansa, would go on strike from June 23-25.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels and Padraic Halpin in Dublin; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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