Ryanair Boeing 737-800. Photo: Adrian Pingstone.

LONDON – The European Union has put extended pressure on Ryanair to give workers contracts according to where they live. 

The European Employment Commissioner, Marianne Thyssen, said that this must happen in order to preserve employment rights in each individual state.

She also told Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s CEO, that the rules were clear, and that working contracts shouldn’t be based on the flag of the aircraft, but the place where workers leave in the morning and where they return in the evening.

“Respecting the law is not something over which workers should have to negotiate and not something that can be postponed to a later date,” said Thyssen.

PHOTO: Ryanair.

O’Leary responded that these issues were discussed and said that these contracts “have been already offered.”

Thyssen blames Ryanair for employing staff across Europe, but placing them under Irish regulations, resulting in unions wanting the ability to negotiate terms under the employment laws of their own country.

Later this week will see Ryanair facing yet another strike, where 150 flights will be canceled due to working conditions.

The affected countries will be Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain.

Belgium is still striking because the changes that Ryanair have made would only affect half its workers and wouldn’t be in proper place until March 2020.

Though the strikes won’t be as impacting as previously expected, it is still a warning sign that the carrier is yet to make further official deals on top of what they have achieved.