Ryanair fires two union leaders over crew strike
Union leaders who have so far been on strike at Ryanair have been sacked by the airline through disciplinary action. This was communicated by the USO, the striking union along with SITCPLA. The two dismissed workers and trade unionists Lidia Arasanz and Manuel Lodeiro, union representatives and members of the strike committee, were the most visible faces of this latest rally against Irish Airlines’ refusal to continue collective agreement negotiations with the USO and SITCPLA.
Layoffs in Ryanair strike: “I’ve been here 13-and-a-half years and never left work”
The USO reported on Tuesday that Ryanair fired two unionists on October 20 for “serious and culpable breaches of contract”. The union has denied the violation, which is why it has initiated the process to challenge the dismissal.
For the moment, the USO has taken the first step: “submit a reasonable ballot,” they explain, to try to reach some sort of agreement from the union organization. If not, they will go to court before they can be declared null and void for violating the right to freedom of association.
elDiario.es has asked Ryanair about these changes, without the multinational company responding for the moment.
“39 layoffs” in strike
First, the Irish multinational company opened the files on two crew members as well as another hundred workers in relation to the strike, as Lidia Arasanz, General Secretary of the USO in Rainari herself protested in an interview with elDiario.es in the summer. . “They have fired 11 people and we have almost 100 files. Ryanair believed that threats and intimidation would lead to rejection, but this was not the case. Quite the opposite. Workers have more power”, he pointed out.
Finally, disciplinary action was taken against these files and both the trade unions were dismissed. Also, the number of workers dismissed in connection with the strike has increased since the summer. In total, according to USO figures, people laid off “39 workers” in connection with the strike, which lasted until January 7.
The merger was called for after years of stalled and multinational companies marked by labor penalties by the USO and SITCPLA, after Ryanair refused to continue negotiations with both organizations on a collective agreement. Employees backed the two unions to negotiate a deal in 2019, but the airline announced a labor conditions agreement with the CCOO last May and is now only willing to discuss the deal with this union.
Sentences against freedom of association
The USO protested that Ryanair had taken action against Lidia Arasanz (USO) and Manuel Lodero, who remained a member of SITCPLA, for “performing their functions as union representatives in a strike-like conflict”. For example, the union points out that the airline has again blamed its behavior for “statements to the media”.
The USO also criticizes what the multinational accused Arasanz and Lodero of “minimum service sabotage”, which it defends as union action to guarantee true compliance with minimum services under Spanish law. The USO and SITCPLA have accused Ryanair of violating minimum services in strikes, for which labor inspectors have sanctioned Ryanair in the past.
Labor inspectors discovered numerous labor crimes in a strike against ERE in Spain, which was declared null and void by a national court. The same court found the company guilty of violating the right to strike by making threats and encouraging scabbing.
Amidst these mobs, the Irish multinational also fired a USO trade unionist who was a member of the strike committee, a dismissal the court ruled invalid.
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