Nearly 200 people – including 50 pilots and 150 cabin crew members – would be affected by a mass dismissal, whose request has been made since 18 December by Ryanair. The Irish airline has filed the document with the Dutch employment union (UWV), citing their refusal to be transferred to Morocco and Belarus. Thus, all pilots and crew members of the Eindhoven base (the Netherlands) working for the company could lose their jobs.
For the Dutch Air Line Pilots’ Union (VNV), it is an act of “revenge”, which he says he is not surprised. According to him, “the company was already threatening to phase out staff who opposed forced transfer abroad”. The same source indicates that last September, “about fifteen pilots had participated in a strike forcing Ryanair to cancel 250 flights in Europe”.
Since November 5, the latter has officially closed its base in Eindhoven, saying it presented “unsatisfactory figures”. A Dutch court ruled in November, in favor of pilots prohibiting Ryanair to move its employees in foreign countries after the closure of the base.