Airline Ryanair has been told that it cannot sack 15 cabin crew stationed at its former base in Eindhoven because it has not negotiated a proper severance plan with the unions.
By Dutch law companies have to get approval from the state jobs agency UWV in order to lay off staff. This is to ensure they meet labour laws and have sufficient reason for the redundancies.
The Irish budget airline must now sit round the table with the FNV trade union federation to outline its reasoning for the dismissals and to discuss a redundancy package, the FNV said in a statement.
In November, Ryanair closed its base at Eindhoven and last month said it would fire 16 cabin crew and 15 pilots who refused to relocate.
This was despite an October ruling by the district court in Den Bosch which said there was no business case to shut the base and the decision had ‘all the appearance of a sanction following the earlier strikes.’
‘Ryanair now has to talk to us,’ FNV spokesman Leen van der List said. ‘They have to convince us of the absolute necessity to shut the base.’ The UWV decision affects both cabin crew and pilots, the union said.
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