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SIPTU calls on Ryanair to respect workers’ rights following Danish Labour Court ruling

Date Released: 01 July 2015

SIPTU has called on Ryanair to respect workers’ rights following a ruling by the Labour Court in Denmark that trade union members in that country can take industrial action against the company in order to secure their right to collective bargaining.

Following an action brought by Danish trade union confederation, the Labour Court in Denmark ruled, Wednesday (1st July), that workers could engage in industrial action against the airline.

In response to the ruling HK/Privat President, Simon Tøgern, said: “The Danish Labour Court has once again confirmed that when you work in Denmark you are subject to Danish labour laws. The ruling of the court means our members at Copenhagen airports can now legally undertake industrial action in order to, hopefully, make Ryanair enter into a collective agreement with workers.”

SIPTU Construction and Utilities Division Organiser, Owen Reidy said: “There are many airlines the world over which respect the right to collectively bargain with trade unions and yet are successful businesses. We fully support the demands and the work of the Danish trade union movement in insisting that companies such as Ryanair respect the industrial norms of the host countries in which they they operate.”


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