Ryanair has fired six crew members based in Portugal, accused of publishing a "fake photo" of those who lay on the ground and condemned their working conditions, the company said on Wednesday.
"The six crew members in Porto were rejected on Monday, November 5th (…) for serious misconduct, after putting a false image" to believe "they had" been sleeping on the ground "in the Malaga Crew Hall (southern Spain), said the low cost airline in a statement.
Ryanair, though for months in conflicts with his employees in several countries, said his reputation had suffered from the publication of this photo, which had given rise to controversies.
A "manifestation of the right to anger"
On October 14, when the storm blocked air traffic, about 20 crew members were based in Portugal who would spend the night at Malaga Airport. Only in Ryanair's crew lock, equipped with only a few chairs according to the unions, then in the VIP room which is usually dedicated to customers. Employees then lay down on the ground for a photo. Published on Twitter and claiming that the employees "slept on the floor in a staff room", it had served to challenge the management.
This is a Ryanair 737 crew based in Portugal, stranded in Malaga, Spain for a few nights then due to storms. They sleep on the floor in Ryanair's crew hall. RYR earns € 1.25 trillion this year @peterbellew ? pic.twitter.com/lILWZVqqGj
– Jim Atkinson (@Jimbaba) October 14, 2018
"Unfortunately, all hotels were full in Malaga," replied Peter Bellew, director of the business. "The storm has caused enormous damage in Portugal. The crew was then moved [de la salle d’équipage] to the VIP Room ".
"We all know that Malaga (…) and the entire Costa del Sol have a large housing offer, and especially in October in low season," the Spanish union Sticpla retorted in a statement received Wednesday by AFP. For Luciana Passo, President of the Portuguese Union SNPVAC, this controversial photo was above all a "manifestation of the right to anger".
"There were 24 crew members in a room with 8 chairs. Some of them decided to show their anger by lying on the floor because the other chairs were occupied and a person who was not in the crew decided to publish the image on social and they are being kicked! She said, according to the Portuguese agency Lusa.
This termination is "a shame," abounded Wednesday with AFP Ernesto Iglesias, Spanish Union USO. "We just condemned the strike [européenne chez Ryanair en septembre] that the crew rooms did not get rested, he said.