City of Copenhagen dumps Ryanair stock

City officials said this week that the decision to ban all future investments Ryanair left them with "a clear conscience" in the wake of Danish unions successfully chasing the Irish airline out of Denmark.

City of Copenhagen dumps Ryanair stock
Ryanair closed both of its Danish bases last month. Photo: Josep Lago/Scanpix
After it was revealed in June that the City of Copenhagen owned stock in Ryanair at the same time that Mayor Frank Jensen and Danish unions were in a high-profile battle with the budget airline, city officials vowed to dump the stock as soon as possible. 
This week, the city council made good on those promises and voted to stop all present and future investments in Ryanair, despite the airline’s stock having risen 19 percent since January. 
“The working conditions that Ryanair offers are inconsistent with the values we have in the City of Copenhagen,” council member Lars Aslan Rasmussen told broadcaster DR. 
The decision to stop investments in Ryanair was supported by the Social Democrats, the Socialist People’s Party, the Social Liberals (Radikale) and the Danish People’s Party but opposed by Venstre, the Conservatives and Liberal Alliance. 
Rasmussen said that despite the stock’s increase, he felt good about the decision.
“We have a clear conscience now that we don’t have anything to do with social dumping via Ryanair,” he said. 
Ryanair last month decided to close its bases at Billund and Copenhagen Airports after a decision by the Danish Labour Court (Arbejdsretten) cleared the way for a legal strike against the company. 
In addition to the ongoing conflict with Danish unions, Ryanair also engaged Copenhagen’s mayor, Frank Jensen, in a public war of words over Twitter after Jensen banned the city’s 45,000 employees from flying with the airline on official business.

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Delays expected as Copenhagen Airport low-cost airline baggage handlers strike

Employees with Copenhagen Flight Services (CFS) at Copenhagen Airport began strike action on Monday.

Delays expected as Copenhagen Airport low-cost airline baggage handlers strike
File photo: Thomas Lekfeldt/Scanpix 2015

Staff employed by the company handle baggage for a number of low-flight airlines which operate from Copenhagen Airport, including Easyjet and Ryanair.

Copenhagen Airport confirmed the strikes on Monday morning.

The strikes will “in all likelihood” lead to flight delays, according to the airport’s head of press communications Kasper Hyllested.

Hyllested said that a number of members of staff with Copenhagen Flight Services had been in industrial meetings, but no reason for the strike has been specified by CFS.

The company carries out baggage services for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet, which operate through a single concourse at the airport.

CFS has confirmed the strike to Copenhagen airport but has not given any information on its expected duration.

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