German pilots to join wave of Ryanair strikes

German pilots to join wave of Ryanair strikes
Grounded: Ryanair customers are bracing themselves for flight cancellations. Photo: DPA
German Ryanair pilots have been the latest to announce strike action in what has been a summer of turbulence for the budget airline.

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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