The company announced Wednesday that Ryanair has dismissed six crew members in Portugal accused of having published a "fake photograph" on the ground condemning their working conditions.
"Six Porto crew members were released on Monday, 5 November (…) for serious misconduct, after having been falsified," to believe "they were" forced to sleep "from the Malaga crew hall (Spain southern part), said a low-cost airline in a statement.
Ryanair, who stuck in a conflict with its employees in several countries for several months, said that his reputation has suffered from the publication of the photo that caused disagreement.
"The right to an expression of indignation"
On October 14, when the storms blocked air traffic, approximately 20 crew members in Portugal spent the night at Malaga Airport. First of all, in the Ryanair crew room equipped with only some chairs after unions, then in the VIP room, which is usually for customers. Then the workers placed the photo on the ground. Published on Twitter and claiming that the employees were "sleeping on the crew floor," this helped to challenge the leadership.
It's Ryanair 737 Crew, located in Portugal, a few nights ago, flooded in Malaga, Spain due to storms. They lie on the floor of the Ryanair crew space. This year, RYR earns 1.25 trillion euros @peterbellew ? pic.twitter.com/lILWZVqqGj
– Jim Atkinson (@Jimba) October 14, 2018
"Unfortunately, all hotels were full in Malaga," said Peter Bellew, Operations Director. "The storm has caused huge losses in Portugal, after which the team moved [de la salle d’équipage] to the VIP room ".
"We all know that Malaga (…) and the whole of Costa del Sol have a huge supply of housing, and especially in October during a low season," said the Spanish trade union Sticpla statement, which was received AFP on Wednesday. Luciano Passo, president of the SNPVAC of the Portuguese Association, said that this controversial photo was "a manifestation of outrage".
"There were 8 crew members of 24 crew members. Some of them decided to show their indignation while lying on the floor because there were other chairs occupied, and one person who was not in the crew decided to post the photo on social networks and they are eventually released! She said, according to the Portuguese agency Lusa.
This redundancy is a "shame" received on Wednesday by AFN Ernesto Iglesias, the Spanish Association of the USO. "We are precisely condemned during the strike [européenne chez Ryanair en septembre] that crew rooms were not allowed to rest, "he said.