Written Question: Unlawful dismissals and deplorable labour practices by Ryanair

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 18 February 2021

Question for written answer E-000997/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
João Ferreira (The Left)

Subject: Unlawful dismissals and deplorable labour practices by Ryanair

In December, Ryanair initiated proceedings to dismiss 23 workers at its base in Porto, and a further six at its base in Lisbon. These dismissals were contested by nine workers, who sought an injunction to suspend their effect. On 28 January 2020, a court in Porto ruled in favour of these workers, considering that the process was carried out by Ryanair in an unlawful manner. Now, the Lisbon Labour Court has also found the dismissals to be illegal.

Ryanair’s attitude is all the more reprehensible since instruments exist, in the context of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which enable companies to guarantee the employment and income of workers, and since, paradoxically, according to a trade union in the sector, Ryanair has launched a training programme with a view to hiring new staff to fill the very same positions.

This is not the first time Ryanair has acted outside the law of the Member States. The feeling of impunity and the conviction that ‘crime pays’ lead this company to continue with its condemnable and deplorable labour practices.

I should therefore like to ask:

  1. What measures does the Commission intend to propose to prevent such practices?
  2. Is it prepared to propose a ban on access to NextGenerationEU and the Multiannual Financial Framework 21-27 for companies which do not respect workers’ rights?
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