EU Court rejects Ryanair claim to Irish law for crew

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Back in late 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled against Ryanair – Europe’s Favourite Airline in its battle to consider its cabin crew as Irish under Irish law in a case of air crew against #Ryanair and its temporary staff agency Crewlink Ireland Limited.

The Irish airline had designated Irish courts having jurisdiction over thousands of #pilots and #cabincrew and had deprived them from access to legal help at the place where they actually work.

The EU Court in its judgement points out first of all that, as regards disputes related to #employment contracts, the #EuropeanUnion rules concerning jurisdiction are aimed at protecting the weaker party.

Those rules enable an #employee to sue his employer before the courts which he regards as closest to his interests, by giving him the option of bringing proceedings before the courts of the Member State in which the #employer is domiciled or the courts of the place in which the employee habitually carries out his work.

“There are many airlines out there that make use of highly questionable employment set-ups and doubtful contractual jurisdiction clauses,” European Pilots

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