Ryanair in bid to force EC action over strikes

European low cost carrier Ryanair has launched the ‘Keep Europe’s Skies Open’ petition established in a bid to prevent flights being delayed or cancelled when French air traffic control unions launch industrial action.

“Since 2009, French ATC have staged 43 days of strikes, closing the skies over Europe, and causing cancellations for millions across Europe,” the carrier stated. “Ryanair calls on the European Commission to take action to prevent flight disruptions caused by ATC strikes.

Ryanair said that when it obtains 1 million petition signatures, it will present the petition in Brussels in the hope that the EU Commission and the EU Parliament will consider taking action.

In the petition it calls on on the European Commission and European Parliament to protect Europe from ‘repeated blackmail and disruption’ by air traffic control unions by:

Removing the right to strike from Europe’s ATC unions, in the same way that Europe’s police and military are not allowed to strike. However, European ATC workers can still join unions, organise and advance their concerns through mediation or binding arbitration, that do not involve strikes or closing skies over Europe.

Allowing other European ATCs to manage flights over French airspace during ATC union strike action

Read: A4E calls on EU to minimise French strike impact

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