New victory for Ryanair workers as labour authority rules on Eindhoven base closure

The Dutch labour authority (UWV) has ruled that Ryanair cannot fire the workers affected by the closure of its base at Eindhoven Airport, marking a significant setback for the airline’s industrial relations model. In October Ryanair announced it planned to close its bases at Eindhoven and Bremen and downsize operations at Weeze, citing the impact […]


March 22, 2019

ITF welcomes Romanian ruling against Wizz Air

The Romanian supreme court has ruled that Wizz Air discriminated against its workers on the basis of their trade union affiliation and activity. In 2014, shortly after informing Wizz that they had formed a trade union to represent the airline’s workers, 19 employees were dismissed from their positions. This punitive action violated both international norms […]


March 13, 2019

ITF and ETF welcome announcement that Ryanair chairman will step down

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) welcome today’s news that Ryanair chairman David Bonderman will step down next year, just months after calling for him to be voted out by shareholders. The announcement, which comes alongside the company’s poor quarterly results, follows a period in which Mr Bonderman has […]


February 5, 2019

One year on, Ryanair still needs to stabilise its industrial relations

A year after Ryanair announced it would recognise unions, the company still has a long way to go before it can be considered a fair employer. On 15 December 2017, under immense pressure from workers and facing looming challenges to its growth plans and corporate governance, Ryanair announced that it would recognise unions for the […]


December 12, 2018

Ryanair chief executive wins prize for world’s worst boss

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has been voted the world’s worst boss at the Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The prize, whose shortlist also included Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi, was open to a worldwide public vote in the lead-up to the ITUC Congress. The contenders are all top business […]


December 6, 2018

Union research shows support for Ryanair chairman even lower than reported

Shareholder support for Ryanair chairman David Bonderman at the company’s recent AGM was even lower than reported, new research by trade union groups shows. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) have analysed the records of shareholder votes published since the Ryanair AGM last month. The research shows that even […]


October 29, 2018

ITF and ETF stand in solidarity with striking Ryanair workers in Eindhoven

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) support Ryanair workers taking industrial action today [23 October 2018] at the airline’s Eindhoven base. Cabin crew are striking in response to the company’s plan to close its base at Eindhoven Airport, as announced in a company memo earlier this month. The memo […]


October 23, 2018

ITF and ETF condemn Ryanair’s attempts to obstruct strike action

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) condemn Ryanair’s attempts to obstruct workers’ right to strike. Cabin crew in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain are taking simultaneous industrial action today, leading to the most widespread Ryanair strike yet. This has been provoked by the company’s persistent failure […]


September 28, 2018