Ryanair strikes set to take place in January – here’s what you need to know

Hundreds of Brits could see their holiday plans disrupted in January as Ryanair cabin crew in Spain are calling for industrial action.

The call for strikes comes following a dispute with the airline over work and pay conditions, with three separate days of industrial action planned if they go ahead.

The strikes are currently expected to take place on the 8th, 10th, and 13th January 2019.

Spanish newspaper The Local has reported that unions USO and Sitcpla have called for industrial action after failing to reach an agreement with the airline during negotiations.

The main dispute seems to be over the contracts which Ryanair offers its employees, as it tends to use Irish-based contracts rather than local Spanish contracts.

Ryanair faced controversy in December after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) revealed it would pursue enforcement action against the airline following their refusal to compensate passengers for flight disruptions caused by strike action earlier in 2018.

The industrial action was carried out by members of cabin crew across Europe, and Ryanair was not the only airline affected.

As a result, the budget carrier claims that the strikes are an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ which means they are not obliged to pay out.

Under current EU laws and regulations, passengers are entitled to compensation when their flight is cancelled or delayed, but airlines can cite ‘extraordinary circumstances’ which tend to be factors out of the their control, for example bad weather or drones flying over a runway.

However the CAA is arguing that passengers ARE owed compensation. After the news of the potential enforcement action, Ryanair responded, maintaining that it does not owe passengers compensation.

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