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Ryanair cabin staff strike cancels dozens of flights in Europe

Ryanair cabin staff strike cancels dozens

Some cabin crew at Ryanair went on strike in Belgium, Spain, and Portugal on Friday in a dispute over pay and working conditions, causing limited disruption as the budget airline canceled dozens of flights that left hundreds of passengers stranded.

Surging inflation across Europe has led to millions of workers struggling with a higher cost of living, prompting trade unions to demand higher wage increases often backed by strike calls.

Airlines and airport operators across Europe have also struggled with staff shortages to handle the flow of passengers as demand for travel bounces back with the end of most COVID-19 restrictions. Workers at several other airlines, including British Airways, are also planning strikes this summer.

Ryanair cabin crew unions in Belgium, Spain, and Portugal called a three-day strike starting on Friday. Staff in France and Italy were expected to walk out over the weekend. Crews in Spain are set to strike again on June 30 and July 1-2.

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