Ryanair staff at Alicante-Elche to strike over Easter


THE 230 employees of Ryanair and Lesma – the company representing the airline at the Alicante-Elche airport – have called for four days of 24-hour strikes over the Easter weekend in a dispute over unpaid wages.

The strike period will start from 00.01 on Friday 14 and will last until 23.59 on Monday 17 April.

The Company Committee estimates the amount owed to each part-time worker (60 per cent of the total workforce) is more than €1,000.

Holiday, overtime payments and workers’ rights are also disputed.

In a statement given to the Europa Press, the president of the Company Committee, Carlos Iborra confirmed that ‘100 per cent of the workforce of Lesma and Ryanair give unanimous support to this strike’ and that he believes it will be ‘very difficult’ to reach an agreement before Friday that will stop the strikes from going ahead.

Alicante–Elche Airport, originally named El Altet, is the fifth busiest airport in Spain based on passenger numbers and the main airport serving the Valencian Community at the region of Murcia.

The airport is a base for Air Nostrum, Evelop Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair and Vueling.

Passenger traffic has increased significantly in the last decade; in 2015 it beat its yearly record, handling 10,574,484 passengers. Then, in 2016 it set a new, consecutive, record with almost 12,350,000 passengers, making it one of the 50 busiest airports in Europe.

Up to eighty percent of all passenger flights are international.

The largest numbers of passengers arrive from the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Sweden. Popular domestic destinations are Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.

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