Tuesday 6 December 2016

Copenhagen Mayor bans workers from using Ryanair for official flights

Paul O'Donoghue

Published 18/05/2015 | 12:18

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's Chief executive, speaks during a press conference in Bratislava this February. Photo: SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images
Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's Chief executive, speaks during a press conference in Bratislava this February. Photo: SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images

The Mayor of Copenhagen has banned city officials from using Irish budget airline Ryanair for official travel.

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Frank Jensen announced recently that none of Copenhagen’s roughly 45,000 employees are permitted to use the carrier for official travel. He said that this was due to the wages that the airline pays its staff and its lack of a Danish collective bargaining agreement.

In an interview with Danish newspaper Berlingske he said: “Here in Copenhagen we have fought hard against the scourge of social dumping. Therefore we require all of those who deliver services to the municipality, including those who would sell us plane tickets, to offer their employees proper salaries and working conditions.

“Thus, we already have a ban on flying with Ryanair. Our rules mean that we cannot enter contracts or buy goods from suppliers that do not pay proper salaries.”

A Ryanair spokesman said: "We are surprised at Mayor Jensen’s comments which don’t take account of the fact that Ryanair’s pilots and cabin crew enjoy high pay, job security and already have a collective agreement with Ryanair.

"We are also surprised at his boycott call when all Ryanair flights in Copenhagen are being handled by workers who are represented by Danish unions. Ryanair is growing tourism, traffic and jobs in Denmark.”

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