Jeremy Vannechot, Groen’s chairman, wasn’t impressed. It mainly questions Ryanair’s business model, more specifically in the area of social sustainability. “If Ryanair complies with the criteria we have set for economic growth, there is no problem,” Vaneeckhout says on Appointment Friday. “We don’t have a solution against Ryanair, but Ryanair’s business model itself is very difficult to defend socially and environmentally at the moment.”
Vaneeckhout doesn’t want to say in so many words that you’d better leave Ryanair. “We are asking Ryanair to adapt to the requirements we have set: social standards for viable work, acceptable pay, environmental friendliness, etc… We think this is important.”
A few days ago, 48 Belgian Ryanair pilots announced that they wanted to take Irish Airlines to labor court. They are asking Ryanair to return their wages to pre-coronavirus levels. At the beginning of the pandemic, in 2020, they agreed to confiscate 20 percent of their wages, on the condition that they be returned to their previous level after the crisis. The latter did not happen.
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