The eight last cabin employees of Ryanair in Eindhoven demand a severance payment together with the FNV trade union. They want their employment to be terminated due to a disrupted employment relationship that the budget company itself is to blame for.
Ryanair recently submitted a request to the subdistrict court judge in Eindhoven to dissolve the employment contract with the last eight cabin employees on business-economic grounds. FNV asked the subdistrict court judge to reject this.
These are the last convulsions of a many-year battle at Ryanair in Eindhoven. The Irish budget company closed its base at the Dutch airport in November 2018. The pilots and cabin employees who were stationed in Eindhoven were then offered the option of "voluntarily" working from other international airports or accepting a resignation.
The preliminary relief judge in Den Bosch later ruled in a case of Ryanair pilots that the airline had not closed the base for economic reasons, but as a punitive measure against striking staff. They had rebelled against the poor working conditions.
"The remaining cabin crew is now also done with it," says Asmae Ajjari of FNV. "Recently, Ryanair has continued to harass, by urging them to come to Dublin and deploy them at airports in Germany and Belgium, miles away from their base."
It is also rumbling at Ryanair in other parts of Europe. For example, strikes have been announced by Irish pilots due to disagreements over salaries. Spanish cabin crew plans to strike ten days in September due to the threat of closure of three flight bases.