Ryanair fires six employees for "fake photos"

These employees had made them believe "they had been forced to sleep on the floor of the crew of Malaga", the management justifies.

Ryanair fired six crew members based in Portugal. They are accused of publishing a "false image" of them lying on the ground, intended to denounce their working conditions, AFP learned Wednesday, November 7 from the company.

"The six members of the Porto crew were fired on Monday 5 November (…) due to serious failures, after staging a fake photo" to make people believe "who had been forced to sleep on the floor of the crew of Malaga"said the low-cost company in a statement. Ryanair, who has been in conflict with her employees for several months in several countries, said the picture, which sparked controversy, has spoiled her reputation.

On 14 October, when the storms blocked the air traffic, about 20 crew members based in Portugal had to spend the night at Malaga airport (Spain). But the Ryanair crewroom was equipped with only a few seats, according to the unions. Employees lie on the ground for a picture. Published on Twitter and claiming that the employees "slept on the floor"she was served to challenge the management.

"Unfortunately, all the hotels were full in Malaga"said the operations director, Peter Bellew, in the process. "The storm created enormous damage in Portugal, the crew then moved to the VIP lounge", normally reserved for customers.

"We all know that Malaga (…) and the whole Costa del Sol have a huge housing supply, especially in October, during the low season"replied the Spanish union Sticpla in a statement.

For Luciana Pass, president of the Portuguese union SNPVAC, this controversial photo was mostly a "manifestation of the right to indignation". "There were 24 crew members in a room with eight chairs, some of them decided to show their indignation by lying on the floor because the other chairs were occupied, and one person, who was not part of a crew, has decided to publish the photo on social networks and end up being fired! " reported, according to the Portuguese agency Lusa.

This dismissal is "a shame"added Ernesto Iglesias of the Spanish union USO. "We denounced with precision during the strike [chez Ryanair en septembre] the fact that the rooms of the crew were not allowed to rest "he said.

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