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Old 5th Jan 2019, 19:34
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Regarding 8th January Cabin Crew strike, I received this:

Due to the efforts of the Spanish Government minimum services regulator, and the support of our pilots and cabin crew in Spain, we expect to operate a full schedule of flights to/from (and within Spain) on Tues 8th Jan next.

All passengers scheduled to fly should check in online as normal and arrive at their departure airport at least 2 hours prior to their time of scheduled departure.
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Watch this space..
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Old 5th Jan 2019, 20:24
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Old 26th Mar 2019, 14:01
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Originally Posted by flyingmed View Post
Any news from the Eindhoven base? ECA are saying the EIN based pilots have been fired?
The Ryanair pilots are still officially employed by Ryanair. Ryanair is still paying their salaries.
There was a court session today in Eindhoven, and the pilots have claimed a large sum of money from Ryanair for damages.
Total sum of claims was a few million euro’s.
link: (in dutch)
https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieu...en-van-ryanair
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Old 27th Mar 2019, 01:02
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Originally Posted by fox niner View Post


The Ryanair pilots are still officially employed by Ryanair. Ryanair is still paying their salaries.
There was a court session today in Eindhoven, and the pilots have claimed a large sum of money from Ryanair for damages.
Total sum of claims was a few million euro’s.
link: (in dutch)
https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieu...en-van-ryanair
Their gamble has failed completely, which is ulimately what was going to happen.

I can see this case taking years with appeal after appeal and all the time Ryanair will claim they have to be still employed by them.
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Old 27th Mar 2019, 08:15
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Originally Posted by racedo View Post
Their gamble has failed completely, which is ulimately what was going to happen.

I can see this case taking years with appeal after appeal and all the time Ryanair will claim they have to be still employed by them.
Not necessarily. As I have said before in this thread, with my local knowledge of the dutch legal system, Ryanair is in for a rough ride.
It has been established, in court, that no matter WHAT Ryanair says, the company is obliged to adhere to dutch labor law. What will probably happen next?
Lets assume that the judge will decide that Ryanair has to pay.
Naturally Ryanair can appeal the decision. But there is a legal loophole in place here that will be implemented.It is called “uitvoerbaar bij voorraad”. It guarantees that Ryanair MUST pay up immediately, regardless of their possible decision to appeal.
It is there to protect the weaker party (the employees) against a dirty, lengthy, expensive legal path, that can be chosen by the stronger party, Ryanair.
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Old 27th Mar 2019, 14:55
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Originally Posted by fox niner View Post
Naturally Ryanair can appeal the decision. But there is a legal loophole in place here that will be implemented.It is called “uitvoerbaar bij voorraad”. It guarantees that Ryanair MUST pay up immediately, regardless of their possible decision to appeal.
It is there to protect the weaker party (the employees) against a dirty, lengthy, expensive legal path, that can be chosen by the stronger party, Ryanair.
That can be quite dangerous for the crew members involved. If Ryanair pay up now and then at some stage in the future Ryanair win an appeal the crew will face a very large bill. The money won this time around may be useless to them until all court dealings and appeals are completed.
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 18:54
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Originally Posted by fox niner View Post


Not necessarily. As I have said before in this thread, with my local knowledge of the dutch legal system, Ryanair is in for a rough ride.
It has been established, in court, that no matter WHAT Ryanair says, the company is obliged to adhere to dutch labor law. What will probably happen next?
Lets assume that the judge will decide that Ryanair has to pay.
Naturally Ryanair can appeal the decision. But there is a legal loophole in place here that will be implemented.It is called “uitvoerbaar bij voorraad”. It guarantees that Ryanair MUST pay up immediately, regardless of their possible decision to appeal.
It is there to protect the weaker party (the employees) against a dirty, lengthy, expensive legal path, that can be chosen by the stronger party, Ryanair.
Your "legal loophole" is just common practice. What you fail to recognize that this is a preliminary judgement. It is no more or less than an initial, short review of the case meant to prevent immediate irrevocable damages to one party. It's nothing more than a single judge, basically saying "RyanAir failed to demonstrate the business need for base closure at this time". The judge wrote:

Ryanair heeft onvoldoende onderbouwd dat bedrijfseconomische redenen werkelijk de aanleiding zijn geweest voor het besluit tot sluiting.
Which translates to: "Ryanair failed to provide evidence to establish that the decision to close the base was made for financial reasons".

And this is the one item that makes or breaks the case. Earlier in the judgment, the judge acknowledged the freedom of the company to organize its business however it wants, as long as it is for financial reasons. The employees are stating that this is for retaliatory reasons, the company says it is not. If the company can establish that it was for financial reasons, that's part of doing business and the company is entitled to layoff all its local employees.

In other words: all that Ryanair has to do is to provide, during the "bodemprocedure", sufficient financial reasons for the closure of the base, and the case is gone. In fact, if they lose, the employees may be liable to refund Ryanair for all or part of the judgement collected with your "uitvoerbaar bij voorraad". Remember that a "kort geding" is a preliminary judgement of the case.

Being quite familiar with the Dutch legal system, my assessment is that Ryanair messed up bigtime by having amateurs handle this case. I'm sure that once they hire experienced local attorneys, they will get this case overturned in their favor. Again, all they have to establish is that the base is closed for financial reasons.

Which doesn't mean I think they aren't donkey butts. But mark my words, this is going to be the legal reality. I will link back to this post in 2-3 years from now.
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Old 28th Mar 2019, 22:26
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Originally Posted by ph-sbe View Post
Your "legal loophole" is just common practice. What you fail to recognize that this is a preliminary judgement. It is no more or less than an initial, short review of the case meant to prevent immediate irrevocable damages to one party. It's nothing more than a single judge, basically saying "RyanAir failed to demonstrate the business need for base closure at this time". The judge wrote:
I will link back to this post in 2-3 years from now.
If Pilots are clever they will seek a quick negotiated settlement, if not then they could remain as Ryanair employees for a couple of years, great salary but no right to fly with anybody else.
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Old 29th Mar 2019, 04:30
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Re: negotiated settlement. That might happen. The judge said in court: “I suggest both parties get together to reach an out-of-court agreement, or I will provide a case ruling on april 23.”
@ph-sbe: dont forget that this particular case is already a “bodemprocedure”, based on the provisional ruling of last november. On top of that comes the decision of the UWV that Ryanair has no right at all to fire them. Of course Ryanair would like to keep them “employed”. That is cheaper for them.
I have a gut feeling that that is not going to happen.
We have to wait and see. I expect an expensive ruling for Ryanair.
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Old 29th Mar 2019, 10:50
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Originally Posted by fox niner View Post
Re: negotiated settlement. That might happen. The judge said in court: “I suggest both parties get together to reach an out-of-court agreement, or I will provide a case ruling on april 23.”
@ph-sbe: dont forget that this particular case is already a “bodemprocedure”, based on the provisional ruling of last november. On top of that comes the decision of the UWV that Ryanair has no right at all to fire them. Of course Ryanair would like to keep them “employed”. That is cheaper for them.
I have a gut feeling that that is not going to happen.
We have to wait and see. I expect an expensive ruling for Ryanair.
Ruling is one thing but final judgement is another after appeals. If any pilot becomes employed assumming court rules in their favour then Ryanair can claim they lost nothing.

Old rule is negotiate before going to court if you can negotiate it avoids the lawyers costs and a desire to leave it in court for years and I would fully expect appeals to go down that route.
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