Tuesday 16 July 2019

Ryanair row: Belgian court says domestic law applies to airline workers

An Ryanair aircraft refuels at the Brussels South airport in Charleroi, Belgium. Photo: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg News
An Ryanair aircraft refuels at the Brussels South airport in Charleroi, Belgium. Photo: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg News

Belgium's labour laws can apply to Ryanair employees based in the country, a local court ruled yesterday, in a case that could set a precedent elsewhere in Europe and upholds a 2018 agreement reached between the airline and Belgian unions.

A series of strikes in 2018 prompted the Irish airline to agree to apply Belgian law to cabin crew and pilots based in the country.

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The union and airline finished negotiations, including on salary increases, last month.

The ruling at Mons labour court, under which employees can decide whether to be covered by Belgian or Irish labour laws, reinforces the agreement and will prevent Ryanair from taking disputes to court in Ireland, said Yves Lambot, a representative of the CNE union.

Ryanair, which had argued that Irish courts had jurisdiction over their Irish contracts, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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