The eight most recent cabin employees at Ryanair in Eindhoven are demanding a severance payment together with the FNV trade union. Ryanair has filed a request with the subdistrict court judge in Eindhoven to dissolve the employment contract with the last eight cabin employees on economic business grounds.
FNV has filed a request with the subdistrict court judge to reject Ryanair's request and instead terminate employment on the basis of a disrupted employment relationship to which the airline itself is to blame. Then the eight cabin employees would be entitled to a severance payment.
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.