ETF: Ryanair loses in Norwegian court (NewsinEnglish.no)

Flight attendant Allesandra Cocca has claimed she was wrongly dismissed from her job while stationed at Ryanair’s Norwegian based at the Rygge Airport south of Moss. Cocca revealed details of what it’s like to work for Ryanair – how new employees start off in debt to the airline because they’ve had to pay for their training and uniforms, for example, and then receive low pay and few if any benefits. She likened her work agreement to a “slave contract,” much to the objections of Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary.

The alleged working conditions at Ryanair differ sharply from Norway’s own strict labour regulations and tariffs but Ryanair has argued that Norwegian law doesn’t apply to them. A company spokesman repeated that on Wednesday, calling the appeals court’s incomprehensible and unacceptable because most of Cocca’s work took place “outside Norway, by an Italian citizen employed under an Irish contract from an Irish company subject to Irish law and which pays its taxes and fees in Ireland.”

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