Denmark: Trade unions bring Ryanair case to court

Airline workers take Ryanair to court over refusal to discuss collective agreement.

Ryanair has been taken to court by Danish unions after the Irish airline refused to discuss a collective agreement. The Flight Personnel Union (FPU), representing pilots and cabin crew, and the United Federation of Workers (3F) asked Ryanair for talks in October 2014 when the airline announced its intention to fly from Copenhagen Airport from March 2015 to nine different destinations. However, Ryanair rejected the idea in a letter on 26 January and at subsequent meetings. The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, (LO) has asked the Danish Labour Court to decide whether they can take industrial action if Ryanair continues to reject discussion of collective agreements. A ruling was expected at the beginning of June, but the court failed to reach a conclusion. The case is still pending.

In April and May, several municipalities, including Copenhagen, banned their employees from flying with Ryanair despite its cheap tickets. This is because a clause in the framework agreement on public procurement demands that airlines can be used only if they meet the requirements of the International Labour Organization's Convention No. 94 about decent pay and working conditions. Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen has said Ryanair's refusal to countenance Danish collective agreements means it does not comply with the convention.

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