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

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

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

ITF and ETF back the most widespread Ryanair strike yet

Ryanair cabin crew in six countries are taking industrial action tomorrow in the most widespread strike the airline has yet seen. Crew based in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain are striking for 24 hours in response to the company’s continued failure to deliver a fair deal for its workers. While some negotiations […]


September 27, 2018

Ryanair chairman weakened but remains in post

Ryanair chairman David Bonderman has been re-elected at the company’s annual general meeting, although his position at the company looks increasingly untenable. Today (20 September) Mr Bonderman faced his most contested election as chairman of Ryanair, with 29.5% of shareholders either voting against him or abstaining compared to 12.5% in 2017. Based on these results […]


September 20, 2018

New Polish union joins the fight for fair treatment at Ryanair

Ryanair cabin crew based in Poland have founded a new trade union to fight for fair pay and working conditions in the growing eastern European market. Established by both Polish and foreign nationals across Ryanair’s five bases in the country, CWR Cabin Crew Union represents the interests of all the airline’s cabin crew. It becomes […]


September 13, 2018