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Lufthansa cancels 2,200 flights: holidays at risk for 250,000 passengers. Low cost airlines strike on Saturday

Lufthansa cancels 2,200 flights: holidays at risk for 250,000 passengers.  Low cost airlines strike on Saturday
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Holidays at risk for about 250 thousand vacationers. Lufthansa will cancel another 2,200 flights in the summer months due to the lack of staff due to Covid. The decision has created great discontent especially in Germany: it is estimated that around 250,000 holidaymakers will be affected by the decision of the national airline. The cancellations concern internal flights, and on European routes, wrote the BIld. While they do not concern intercontinental travel. Two weeks ago, Lufthansa announced the cancellation of 900 flights for July weekends.

Canceled flights, low cost airlines strike

The pilots and flight attendants of the low cost airlines are back to cross their arms. After the strike of 8 June, the crews of Ryanair, EasyJet And Volotea they will again abstain from work on Saturday 25 June for 24 hours. Stop also for Malta Air and the CrewLink company that always gravitate in the orbit of the Irish giant.

A new protest that “became necessary” in the face of the “persistence of the unacceptable conditions in which pilots and flight attendants are forced to work”, denounce the unions ready to kick off the “hot” summer of low cost airlines with other mobilizations. For Ryanair, Malta Air and Crewlink, the stop is coordinated at a European level and the Italian workers “strike to ask for employment contracts in line with the minimum wages provided for by the national collective agreement for the sector, as required by Italian law” explain Filt CGIL and Uiltrasporti. But they also strike for the cancellation of wage cuts and for the lack of “water and food for the crews”, often “unable to get off the plane even for 14 consecutive hours”.

Pilots and flight attendants based in Spain (24, 25, 26, 30 June, 1 and 2 July), Portugal (24, 25 and 26 June), France (25 and 26 June) and Belgium will also be absent from work. (24, 25 and 26 June) and inconveniences are expected on the connections operated by the Ryanair Group.

As for EasyJet, “the struggle continues to protest against the compression of workers’ rights which culminated in unjustified dismissals, against the lack of operational solidity and the total deterioration of industrial relations”, reports Uiltrasporti. While in Volotea “the protest continues against the corporate attitude that infringes the rights of workers for the failure to adjust minimum wages – says the union – and for the numerous unilateral actions with a further lowering of wages justified by individual and pseudo-voluntary agreements “.

Ryanair: in Italy we do not foresee any inconvenience due to the strike

Ryanair does not foresee many inconveniences for the strike day on Saturday: “It is organized by unions that do not have representativeness in Ryanair – said the country manager Mauro Bolla in Cagliari for the 15 years of the low cost base – now let’s see how many adhesions will be even those who do not have a trade union they belong to. An emergency plan? We always think about the best situation, not the worst. We must keep in mind that this concerns the situation in Italy, but the strike is also European ».

The optimism also derives from the adhesions to the previous strikes: «No flight attendant or crew member participated in the strike of 8 June – he added – all the cancellations were linked to the strike of the air traffic controllers. To date, Ryanair has negotiated an employment contract with the most representative unions. Unions that will not strike on Saturday ».

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