The ruling at the Mons labour court, under which employees can decide whether to be covered by Belgian or Irish labour laws, reinforces the agreement and will prevent the airline from taking disputes to court in Ireland, said Yves Lambot, a representative of the CNE union. "This is a great union victory for all of Europe," he said after the ruling. "It will allow all workers, be they Belgian or from other European countries, to be able to consult the court they consider the best."
Ryanair said in a statement the ruling only recognised the agreement it had made with Belgian unions to apply Belgian labour laws for those on Belgian contracts. "This decision by the Mons Court will have no effect, and set no precedent since it only recognises the contractual arrangements already agreed last year by Ryanair with its crews in Belgium," the statement said.
The case was first brought forward in 2011 by six former employees of Ryanair and Crewlink, a recruitment agency for Ryanair, based at Charleroi airport in Belgium. The former employees will return to court in February next year to seek compensation for previously not being treated as if covered by Belgian labour laws. (Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Mark Potter and David Evans)
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