EU Sources - Ryanair still not respecting workers’ rights - December 31, 2018

Ryanair is still not respecting union rights and labour laws of the countries they operate in. This month Ryanair has sacked all pilots and cabin crew in the Netherlands after they refused to re-locate to bases such as Morocco and Belarus and organised themselves in trade union FNV. The Dutch governmental institution on unemployment benefits however did not grant them permission for the collective firing of the workers. Spanish cabin crew staff is in the middle of disagreement about pay and working conditions and announced multiple strike actions for January 2019. Spanish unions are urging Ryanair to respect Spanish legislation and employ their workers in Spain under national labour laws. A year after Ryanair announced it would recognise unions, the company still has a long way to go before it can be considered a fair employer, states the International Transport Workers Association (ITF). The ITF and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) have published a report examining the progress the airline has made and what remains to be done. The report acknowledges that Ryanair workers have won improvements in some areas, but shows that many of the issues which led to repeated industrial action over the summer have not been resolved.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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