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Ryanair faces labour strike in Germany

The Ryanair Holdings Plc company logo sits on the tail fin of an aircraft, as another aircraft flies beyond at Dublin Airport, operated by Dublin Airport Authority, in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

LONDON • Ryanair Holdings plc pilots and flight attendants in Germany will walk out today, meaning many of its services in and out of the country may not operate.

The latest strike will follow the scrapping by Europe’s biggest discount carrier of more than 400 flights on Aug 10 amid walkouts in five nations including Germany, though since then it has secured deals in a number of countries.

While Ryanair recognised Germany’s Ver.di cabin-crew union in July, the labour group late on Monday said two rounds of negotiations on higher pay and minimum salaries had produced no result and called on its 1,000 or so members at the carrier to walk out.

Vereinigung Cockpit, which represents pilots, said months of talks over working terms had led only to deadlock, and that it had proposed the use of a mediator to help reach a deal.

In a statement, Ryanair said “since we have already offered local contracts and improved pay, there is no justification for further disruption and we are calling on our German pilots to work this Wednesday”. The carrier didn’t immediately comment on the likely impact. Services staffed by contract pilots will be unaffected, along with flights that use planes based outside the country.

Shares of Ryanair were trading 0.7% lower at €13.11 (RM63.03) at 9:18am in Dublin yesterday after falling for eight consecutive trading days through Monday. The company has been wrangling with its employees for a year after a rostering foul up increased employee’s bargaining power.

The budget airline said it would bar press from attending its annual investor meeting on Sept 20. — Bloomberg