FILE PHOTO: Ryanair logo is pictured on the the jacket of a cabin crew member ahead of a news conference by Ryanair union representatives in Brussels, Belgium September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo
MONS, Belgium (Reuters) – Belgiums labour laws can apply to Ryanair employees based in the country, a local court ruled on Friday, in a case that could set a precedent elsewhere in Europe and upholds a 2018 agreement reached between the airline and Belgian unions.
A series of strikes in 2018 prompted the Irish airline to agree to apply Belgian law to cabin crew and pilots based in the country. The union and airline finished negotiations, including on salary increases, last month.
The ruling at the Mons labour court, under which employees can decide whether to be covered by Belgian or Irish labour laws, reinforces the agreement and will prevent the airline from taking disputes to court in Ireland, said Yves Lambot, a representative of the CNE union.
“This is a great union victory for all of Europe,” he said after the ruling. “It will allow all workers, be they Belgian or from other European countries, to be able to consult the court they consider the best.”
Ryanair said in a statement the ruling only recognised the agreement it had made with Belgian unions to apply Belgian labour laws for those on Belgian contracts.
“This decision by the Mons Court will have no effect, and set no precedent since it only recognises the contractual arrangements already agreed last year by Ryanair with its crews in Belgium,” the statement said.
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