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Cross-border employment law issues for Ryanair

24th October 2013

Prosecutors alleged that the airline had falsely registered employees working at a facility in Marignane as Irish workers and the company had obstructed unions and workplace councils from functioning correctly.

In 2010, following findings that EasyJet had employed 170 employees at a Paris airport on British contracts, the airline was ordered to pay more than £1m in damages to flight crew unions.

However, representatives from Ryanair said, “We will appeal any such negative ruling (and fine) on the basis that European employment and social security law clearly allows mobile workers on Irish registered aircraft, working for an Irish airline, to pay their taxes and social taxes in Ireland.”

Lawyers for the prosecution said there was “no doubt” the airline was operating in France as employees came from the immediate area and were permanently based at a facility there.

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