German union calls for strike at Ryanair
A union is calling on German-based pilots at budget airline Ryanair to strike in a dispute over pay and conditions, though it says there will be no walkouts in the days around Christmas.
The Cockpit union said walkouts can be expected "any time starting immediately" but said there will be no strikes between the afternoon of December 23 and December 26.
Cockpit hopes to force Ryanair into negotiations on what it calls "market-appropriate working and pay conditions" for the company's pilots.Bethlehem peace light arrives in Germany
It said Germany's TUIfly, which like Ryanair operates a Boeing 737 fleet, offers such conditions.
Ryanair pilots in Italy, Portugal and its base in Ireland have already announced plans to walk off the job because of a long-running dispute with the airline about conditions.