Mallorca: Large strikes announced – airport threatens chaos
Flight attendants and cleaning staff at Palma de Mallorca Airport are on strike. Another group is about to join. Chaos threatens.
- In the middle of the travel season, Mallorca Airport is heading for a big problem
- In July, not only are the employees of some airlines on strike, Mallorca Airport is also on strike
- This could have dire consequences for vacationers
The island dream could be so beautiful. The long-awaited summer holidays are approaching, the Mallorca vacation is booked. But even getting there by plane could become a problem: the cabin crew of three low-cost airlines announced strikes – in the middle of the holiday season. There is a risk of summer chaos at Mallorca’s airport, especially since the cleaning staff are also stopping work.
This Friday is the first day of the strike on which the Ryanair flight attendants stationed in Spain want to stay on the ground.
Mallorca: Now the air traffic controllers are threatening to go on strike
How this affects flight operations will be seen when the Ryanair strike begins. The industrial action at the Irish airline not only affects thousands of Mallorca travelers, but it is also likely to affect operations with other holiday airports such as TenerifeAlicante, Valencia, Barcelona or Seville.
Spain’s government ordered one minimum supply according to which 50 to 80 percent of Ryanair flights must be guaranteed. However, experience has shown that it is uncertain whether this regulation will be complied with. Travelers should therefore find out whether their flight is actually taking place.
Mallorca’s airport also wants to do this from July cleaning staff Leave the broom and cleaning rags alone. We know what that can mean from previous cleaning failures: the airport in Palma, which now handles more than 100,000 holidaymakers every day in summer, could turn into a single one Dump transform. The toilets are then usually no longer cleaned.
But it could get worse: the Spanish air traffic controllers are also threatening walkouts. Spain’s air traffic controllers complain about overload and lack of staff. Air traffic is back in full swing, there are more planes in this record summer than before Pandemic in the air, but the workforce has not increased, but decreased.
Mallorca strike: unions appeal to travelers
The wave of strikes is calling among travelers to Spain low-cost airlines ambiguous reactions. “If you fly cheap, you also have underpaid staff – and that has to change,” writes a holidaymaker on Mallorca on the social network Facebook. Others annoyed that the walkout in the Holiday season falls. “Good wages are nice, but who are the ones who suffer: the vacationers,” comments another island fan.
The unions are meanwhile asking the passengers understanding and speak of blatant abuses at Ryanair, Easyjet and Lauda Europe. “Ryanair cabin crew are workers third class“, complains the employee representative USO. “Our rights are not respected.” Ryanair is the only international airline in Spain without a collective agreement.
USO uses Easyjet as an example to show how low the wages are. “Currently, Easyjet employees in Spain receive a base salary of 950 euros.” That is 850 euros less than the flight attendants in Germany or France receive. However, there are also variables wage supplementswhich depend on the number of flight hours.
Mallorca strike: Affected holidaymakers have these rights
Not only in Spain, but also in other European countries, many Ryanair employees are angry. You throw airline boss Michael Kevin O’Leary before, labor regulations and legal minimum wages not to be complied with. That’s why the flight attendants in Portugal, France, Italy and Belgium are on the barricades these days, where there are also walkouts.
Travelers whose flight is canceled are in any case entitled to a full refund of the price or to replacement transport, explains the German Consumer Center on your website. The extent to which damages or compensation payments could be demanded depends on the applicable national regulations.
The airline is then not liable for possible damage damage, if they can show that the cancellation was caused by “extraordinary circumstances” which could include strikes. Lawyers point out, however, that legally controversial is whether “extraordinary circumstances” can be cited in the event of a strike by one’s own staff, since an employer certainly has an influence on collective bargaining.
This article first appeared on morgenpost.de.