Ryanair’s ground handling staff have called an indefinite strike at the Madrid-Barajas Airport which got underway last Saturday in protest at the working conditions, abuse and threats to which they are subjected by the airline management.
The strike was endorsed by the unions including the CTA, UGT, CCOO and CGT which say that the company intends to cut handlers salaries by between 20% and 30% despite there being no collective agreement.
The unions also say that, despite the declaration of a 66% increase in profits announced just last week, the company is refusing to negotiate on the matter, either with the works council or with the union executive. They say that the conditions that are being affected include a salary reduction as well as changes to shift patterns, holidays and leave.
They are also extremely unhappy about the shortcomings in safety clothing and personal protective equipment which they say is putting their workers at risk.
“Poor tools will mean a poor job which will threaten the safety of workers as well as the passengers that they are serving” said a union spokesman.
The workers say that they want to denounce "the current poor organizational structure, the regular harassment of workers, threatening language, and the written penalty notifications they are subjected to while performing their duties".
They argue that the company intention of reducing the number of baggage staff to just two per aircraft will cause delays with the subsequent damage to the reputation of the airline and to the staff themselves and that they will be unable to unload and reload an aircraft in the time allowed.
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