NNA - Irish budget carrier Ryanair was defiant Wednesday as dozens of flights were disrupted in a walkout by German pilots and cabin crew, the latest flare-up in a bitter Europe-wide battle for better pay and conditions.
The airline would not "roll over" in the face of the strike affecting thousands of passengers, chief executive Michael O'Leary told reporters in London, adding that the industrial action had been "unsuccessful".
Some 150 out of 400 scheduled Ryanair flights to and from Germany were cancelled because of the walkout, which the firm slammed as "unnecessary", adding that it may have to close some bases and slash jobs if the stoppages drag on.
Germany's Cockpit pilots' federation and the Verdi service workers' union called the 24-hour strike, which started at 03:00 am (0100 GMT), after they said talks with Ryanair management were deadlocked.
"We hope that this strike shows a significant effect, that the company realises the employees won't accept rotten working conditions and bad pay any longer," said Verdi spokesman Andreas Splanemann at a demo by cabin crew at Berlin's Schoenefeld airport.--AFP