Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Tunisia's Parliament votes on new Government

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French court rules #burkini ban "clearly illegal"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Biden in Turkey, Colombia Peace Deal, Ethiopia Olympic Protest (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Earthquake in Italy, French Burkini Ruling (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

The hidden secrets of Les Invalides

Read more

FOCUS

Pro-Opposition stronghold Port-Gentil feverishly awaits presidential elections

Read more

ENCORE!

Alexis Michalik: treading the boards in the footsteps of 'Edmond'

Read more

REPORTERS

Getting away with murder in DR Congo

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Why does Italy refuse to see the seismic risk?'

Read more

Business

Ryanair to pay €10 million in French labour law case

© afp

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-02

A French court has ordered low-cost carrier Ryanair to pay €10 million in damages plus fines for breaching French labour laws at its operation in Marignane, near Marseille. The airline has said it plans to appeal.

A French court has ordered low-cost carrier Ryanair to pay €10 million in damages plus fines for breaching French labour laws at its operation in Marignane, near the southern port city of Marseille.

The airline has said it plans to appeal.

Ryanair faced multiple charges, including registering workers employed in France as Irish employees, preventing workplace councils from functioning and preventing staff from having free access to unions.

The case centres around a facility operated by the company at Marignane, where 127 Ryanair employees were based. The airline neglected to apply French labour laws to its Marignane-based staff or complete tax declarations for them.

Ryanair argued that Irish law applied to the employees, as it did not have a permanent base in the area and its staff took their orders from company headquarters in Dublin.

A lawyer for the SNPL pilots' union, Roland Rappaport, urged the court to "make an example" of Ryanair in its ruling.

"We are dealing with a company whose only goal is to counter the law in defiance of the interests of workers," the prosecution said.

Ryanair has accused France's judicial authorities of pursuing the case to protect the interests of French companies, including flagship carrier Air France, which has been under increasing pressure due to the popularity of low-cost carriers such as Ryanair.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)
 

Date created : 2013-10-02

  • FRANCE

    Air France launches ‘low-cost’ tariffs to compete with rivals

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Ryanair to close Marseille base over tax dispute

    Read more

  • BUSINESS

    Air France to slash thousands of jobs

    Read more

COMMENT(S)