Although talks are continuing between the trade unions and the Belgian carrier authorities, information from the newspaper “Het Nieuwsblad” shows that the decision to strike has already been taken. Workers demand increases and less workload.
At the same time, the pilots and cabin crew of Ryanair, operating from the Belgian airports – Charleroi and the capital Zaventem, also announced the strike.
The CNE trade union has been negotiating with the Irish Airways authorities for several weeks. At a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said he was not afraid of a strike and “would make no concessions”.
But he added that negotiations are underway. “We’re making progress and we’re confident it’s going to be a success,” O’Leary said. The Irishman’s optimism was premature, as employees of Belgium’s Ryanair will not work for three days from Thursday.
On Monday, security officials announced the strike at Zaventem airport, near Brussels. The airport authority called on travelers to rebook or travel with only hand baggage, and Brussels Airlines decided to cancel half of its flights that day.
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