Ryanair fined £6.7m for violating French labour laws

Budget airline Ryanair has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £6.7m by a French court for registering workers in the south of France on Irish contracts.

The airline is accused of preventing workplace councils from functioning and of not letting employees access the unions.

The court in Aix-en-Provence ruled that Ryanair was guilty of employing a total of 127 aircrew at Marseille airport on Irish contracts for five years. The court said that the airline should have made social insurance and state pension contributions for its crew.

According to the Independent, Ryanair issued a statement before the verdict was even reached, to say they would appeal the decision.

“European employment and social security law clearly allows mobile workers on Irish-registered aircraft, working for an Irish airline, to pay their taxes and social taxes in Ireland,” the airline said.

However, prosecutors said: “We are dealing with a company whose only goal is to counter the law in defiance of the interests of workers.”

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