Ryanair to relocate CPH base to Lithuania
The Local · 10 Jul 2015, 16:46
Published: 10 Jul 2015 13:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Jul 2015 16:46 GMT+02:00
- Unions to target Ryanair at more Danish airports (08 Jul 15)
- Ryanair: 'Selfish' unions 'destroying' Danish jobs (07 Jul 15)
- Danish unions: Ryanair strike from July 18 (02 Jul 15)
- Danish unions allowed to strike against Ryanair (01 Jul 15)
"John Dybart of the Danish unions this week claimed that 'Ryanair was bluffing' when we threatened to close the whole Copenhagen base. Perhaps now he will realise that the Danish economy and the Danish unions cannot succeed by forcing Danish jobs overseas," airline spokesman Eddie Wilson wrote in the press release.
"Perhaps Mr. Dybart will now call for the Danish offices of Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other non-union companies in Denmark to be closed since their employees, like Ryanair and other multinationals, don’t recognise Danish unions either,” Wilson added.
Ryanair had previously warned that it will drop its Copenhagen base if the airline fails to reach an agreement with the unions, and following Wednesday’s short-lived and unfruitful meeting between the parties, the airline is now also threatening to end its operations at Billund Airport as well.
“We have made it very clear that if there are sympathy actions in Copenhagen that affect Billund we will not accept it and in such case Billund could also be closed,” airline spokesman Eddie Wilson told DR on Wednesday.
LO took Ryanair to the Danish Labour Court (Arbejdsretten) to determine whether the airline needs to adhere to Danish or Irish rules while operating at the Copenhagen Airport. The court ruled in LO's favour, clearing the way for a legal strike against Ryanair.