Ryanair staff had to choose between moving to foreign bases like Morocco or lose their jobs.
Rabat – After deciding to close its base in Eindhoven, Ryanair offered its workers to move to bases as far away as in Morocco or Belarus, which many refused to do.
The Irish airline had filed for a mass dismissal of its workforce based in the Netherlands through the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency, the government authority that handles unemployment benefits.
“The VNV is not surprised by this step from Ryanair. Earlier, the company already indicated that it wants to ‘phase out’ the personnel who oppose a forced transfer abroad,” the Dutch Pilots’ Union (VNV) said in a statement.
The airline previously stated that its employees could relocate to bases abroad but that it would “respect” if they chose to quit rather than to relocate.
Ryanair serves major cities in Morocco like Agadir, Fez, Marrakech, Nador, Oujda, Rabat, and Tangier.