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German pilots to join wave of Ryanair strikes

German Ryanair pilots have been the latest to announce strike action in what has been a summer of turbulence for the budget airline.

German pilots to join wave of Ryanair strikes
Grounded: Ryanair customers are bracing themselves for flight cancellations. Photo: DPA

Passengers who have booked flights with Ryanair can brace themselves for more cancellations in the coming weeks, after pilots stationed in Germany voted overwhelmingly for strike action on Monday

The vote in favour of strike action was won by 96 percent, reported the pilots’ union “Association Cockpit” (VC), as Ryanair employees in Germany became the latest to join a wave of strikes across the continent.

VC have given Ryanair until August 6th to present a “negotiable offer” in the Europe-wide dispute over pay and working conditions at the Irish airline.

The dispute has seen strike action in several different countries this summer. Hundreds of Ryanair flights have been cancelled, with more than 100,000 passengers affected.

Pilots in Ireland have held repeated, 24-hour strikes throughout the last few weeks, while employees in Belgium, Portugal, Spain and Italy also laid down tools last week.

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WORKING IN GERMANY

German steelworkers agree 6.5 percent pay hike after strike

Tens of thousands of steel workers in western Germany will get a 6.5-percent pay hike this year - the biggest jump in three decades - in a settlement that could set the tone for industry as inflation soars.

German steelworkers agree 6.5 percent pay hike after strike

The agreed increase would come into effect “from August 1st”, the IG Metall union in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia said in a statement Wednesday.

The 68,000 steelworkers in the industrial region would also receive a one-off payment of 500 euros for the months of June and July, the union said.

The outcome of the negotiations was “the biggest increase in wages in the steel industry in percentage terms in 30 years,” said IG Metall boss, Joerg Hofmann.

Germany’s largest union, IG Metall launched a strike action at steelworks in the west in May after management failed to meet its demands for an 8.2 percent pay increase.

On Thursday at the peak of the movement, around 16,000 workers across 50 firms downed tools, the union said.

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“Rising inflation” and the “good economic situation” of the steel industry were the basis for IG Metall’s demands.

Consumer prices rose at a 7.9-percent rate in Germany in May, a record for the country since reunification in 1990 driven by the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

The smaller number of steelworkers in the east of Germany, who are also seeking an 8.2 percent pay boost, have yet to reach their own agreement.

Negotiations are currently taking place in a number of sectors. In the textile industry, 12,000 workers in the east of Germany sealed a 5.6 percent pay increase at the beginning of May.

Meanwhile, negotiations covering the auto industry, and mechanical and electrical engineering will begin in November.

Despite the agreed rise the onus was still on government to relieve the pressure on workers form rising prices “in the coming months”, IG Metall boss Hofmann said.

Significant wage demands have prompted concerns of a wage-price spiral, where rising pay sustains higher inflation.

The European Central Bank last week said it would raise its interest rates for the first time in over a decade this July as it seeks to stamp out price rises.

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