Ryanair has to pay damages of more than 380,000 euros to 480,000 euros to eight Dutch pilots, the subdistrict court judge of the East Brabant court ruled Tuesday. The employment contract of the pilots will also be dissolved on 1 May.
According to the subdistrict court judge there is no longer any prospect of a "meaningful continuation" of the employment contract.
The pilots also deserve compensation because Ryanair's reason to close the base in Eindhoven is "unbelievable", the sub-district court writes.
According to the airline there are business reasons, but a court earlier concluded that it was probably a retaliation measure for earlier strikes.
"In addition, Ryanair put unauthorized pressure on the pilots in different ways and at different times," the judge said.
The Dutch pilots have been fighting a fierce battle with the budget pilot about terms of employment for some time. After the pilots, like their colleagues in other countries, stopped this summer for better working conditions, Ryanair decided to close the base in the Netherlands.
The airline offered the pilots the choice: dismissal or a new base. The Dutch judge eventually put a stop to this and concluded that Ryanair was not allowed to fire the pilots.
The group still closed the base, but there was a legal jousting. According to the pilots, they are intimidated and they blame Ryanair for being a bad employer.
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