“The law does not need to be negotiated but respected,” unions representing workers at Ryanair said in an open letter meant as a reminder for the CEO of the low-cost Irish carrier, Michael O’Leary. Noting that, on many occasions, he had stated that he was prepared to respect local legislation, they asked O’Leary to say which concrete measures he would take to do so.
The unions see the social crisis at Ryanair as a European problem that will only be resolved when the workers see their rights respected in each country.
Since the strike by Ryanair cabin crews and some pilots in six European countries on 28 September, there have been no discussions between the parties and none have been planned so far.
The crisis at Ryanair has been ongoing for many months, with strikes in the summer and in September. The unions are calling for better working conditions and adherence to the labour laws of each country.