Ryanair has dismissed six crew members stationed in Portugal, who were accused of having posted a "false photograph" of them lying on the ground and condemning their working conditions, the company said Wednesday.
"The six crew members of Porto were dismissed on Monday, November 5 (…) for serious misconduct after having staged a wrong picture" in order to "believe" that they had been forced to arrive at the airport Sleeping land "from the Malaga Crew Hall" (southern Spain), the low-cost airline said in a statement.
Ryanair, who has been in conflict with his staff in several countries for months, said his reputation suffered from the publication of this photo, which has led to controversy.
A "manifestation of the right to indignation"
When storms blocked air traffic on 14 October, about 20 crew members stationed in Portugal had to spend the night at Malaga airport. First in the crew room of Ryanair, which, according to the unions, is equipped with only a few chairs, then in the VIP room, which is usually dedicated to the customers. The employees were then lying on the floor for a photo. Published on Twitter, claiming employees had "slept on the floor of a crew room," challenged management.
This is a Ryanair 737 crew in Portugal, who was stranded a few nights ago due to storms in Malaga (Spain). They sleep on the floor of the Ryanair crew room. RYR earns € 1.25 trillion this year @peterbellew ? pic.twitter.com/lILWZVqqGj
– Jim Atkinson (@Jimbaba) October 14, 2018
"Unfortunately, all the hotels in Malaga were full," said Peter Bellew, Operations Director. "The storm has caused enormous damage in Portugal and the crew moved [de la salle d’équipage] in the VIP room ".
"We all know that Malaga (…) and the entire Costa del Sol have a huge housing supply, and especially in October, in the off-season," said the Spanish union Sticpla in a statement received by AFP on Wednesday. For Luciana Passo, president of the Portuguese trade union SNPVAC, this controversial photo was above all a "manifestation of the right to indignation".
"In a room with 8 chairs there were 24 crew members, some of whom decided to show their indignation by lying on the floor because the other chairs were occupied, and a person who was not part of the crew decided that Publish a photo on social media and in the end they get fired! "She said, according to the Portuguese agency Lusa.
This dismissal is "a shame" that was abundant on Wednesday with AFP Ernesto Iglesias, the Spanish union USO. "We denounced exactly during the strike [européenne chez Ryanair en septembre] that the crew quarters were not allowed to rest, "he said.