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Ryanair flight loses cabin pressure, 33 hospitalized: German police

2018-07-14 20:08
Ryanair cabin crew are set to strike in four countries in late July, including in two of its largest markets, threatening to disrupt Europe's biggest low-cost airline at the height of the holiday season. Cabin crew in Italy and Spain are set to join colleagues in Belgium and Portugal for a one-day strike on July 25, five trade unions told a news conference on Thursday (July 5). Crew in Spain, Portugal and Belgium will strike for a second day on July 26. A representative for Spanish cabin crew union SITCPLA, Monique Duthiers, described the legal situation of Ryanair's employees as "limbo", saying that the Irish airline was choosing which labour law to apply to its 8,000 cabin crew based on its best interests while refusing to engage in dialogue with unions by accepting their chosen representatives. She said she expected 4,000 cabin crew to participate, a number that would imply significant participation outside of the four countries directly affected. Pilots and cabin crew at Ryanair began to organise following a wave of cancellations at the airline in the second half of last year, and in December the airline gave in to growing pressure and recognised trade unions for the first time in its 32-year history.