Landmark ruling in favour of Ryanair crew

In a decision with wide-ranging consequences for European aviation, a Belgian court has ruled that Ryanair cabin crew are subject to national labour law. The ruling marks the latest episode in a legal saga involving the Irish low-cost carrier, which traditionally employed all its pan-European crew on Irish or British contracts as a way of […]


June 14, 2019

A year on from its first crew strikes, Ryanair still has to clean up its act

One year on from the first cabin crew strikes at Ryanair, some progress has been made in the company’s industrial relations. However, the airline still needs to enact substantial changes to put its business on a sustainable footing. Easter weekend 2018 saw Ryanair cabin crew walk off the job for the first time in the […]


April 17, 2019

ITF congratulates ver.di on its collective bargaining agreement with Ryanair

ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton responds to ver.di’s announcement that it has concluded a collective bargaining agreement with the low-cost airline. I applaud our affiliate union ver.di on signing a collective bargaining agreement with Ryanair, covering all Germany-based cabin crew. This deal opens the way to fair labour standards in one of the airline’s largest […]


March 29, 2019

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 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

Another great success for Ryanair cabin crew fighting for their rights!

On 15 November, the German federal government kept its promise regarding closing a loophole in the country’s labour legislation which has traditionally benefited airlines at the expense of workers. Under the German industrial relations system workers in companies above a certain size are able to form a ‘works council’, giving them a voice in how […]


November 16, 2018