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Catalan authorities investigate whether Ryanair violated Girona airport workers’ rights

Airline and staff agreed to worse conditions after plan to close base put 164 jobs at risk

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12 December 2019 07:37 PM

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ACN|Girona

Catalan authorities are looking into whether Ryanair violated the rights of its workers at the airport of Girona, the northern city where the low-cost airline had threatened to close its base last summer.

After a string of strikes and renewed threats to shut down the base, unions eventually accepted to have the contracts of the 164 workers at the Girona airport reduced from a full year to 9 months, as well as to withdraw seniority bonuses.

The Labor Department of the Catalan government says keeping companies in the country "can't be at the expense of workers' rights."

Earlier on Thursday, a spokesperson for the USO Ryanair union complained that the company had not renewed the contracts of workers who attached a document expressing their disagreement with the new conditions.

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  • Ryanair plane at the Girona airport on October 2, 2019 (by Aleix Freixas)

  • Ryanair plane at the Girona airport on October 2, 2019 (by Aleix Freixas)

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