It is a known fact that “CISL” and “strike” are almost never used in the same sentence. But FIT CISL, the Italian union of transport workers, was the first to proclaim a strike against Ryanair, through its national secretary, Emiliano Fiorentino.
“Our dispute has been ongoing since 2006. In the meantime, Ryanair has become a giant in Italy, but for us they have always been a brick wall. We have planned three strikes during this time, and this will be the second that goes into effect [the first was Nov. 7, 2016] without any worker openly supporting it, due to the fear of being fired. On Friday, we expect things to end differently: The simple fact of making public the threats received from the company is the signal that something is changing.”
Fiorentino, you at CISL seem to be hardliners against Ryanair. Is it a given that all the union leaders are in agreement on this?
For us, a strike is always the last resort, and we are always for mediation and discussion. But with Ryanair we were always talking to a brick wall: The company has not been acknowledging us at all for 10 years, and a strike has become an unavoidable action.