Ryanair dismisses 4 cabin crew for refusing to fly after exceeding the maximum number of hours and notifies the entire staff

Ryanair has dismissed four cabin crew (TCP) residents in Mallorca who refused to fly having exceeded the maximum hours allowed by law and has warned the rest of the staff that any refusal in this regard “will be addressed with procedures disciplinary actions that may lead to dismissal. ”

This warning comes days before the strike planned by Ryanair cabin crew for July 25 and 26 throughout the Spanish territory and in a coordinated protest action with the collective in France, Portugal, Italy and Belgium.

The four cabin crew had to operate four flights on July 8 on a route from Palma to Madrid and return to connect with a flight to Cologne and return to the Mallorcan city, in total about 12 hours could be up to 15. The crew alerted the commander that they were at the limit of psychophysical faculties.

Finally, they were sent to a hotel in Cologne and from there fly, after a stopover in Manchester, to Dublin to face a disciplinary process. This Friday the disciplinary meetings have taken place and they have been informed of their dismissal, according to sources from the Sitcpla union.

In a letter to the employees, the Irish airline has warned the rest of the staff that it will carry out disciplinary measures that can lead to dismissal in the event of any such denial. “The needs of our customers and their convenience is our priority and we will not allow their travel plans to be affected because a small number of cabin crew members refuse to operate the flights.”

In this sense, it has denounced that its refusal to “fulfill its obligation” based on the “unfounded assumption that they have the capacity to choose” has caused “delays and cancellations of flights”, an “unacceptable” behavior that Ryanair can not tolerate.

After emphasizing that “the cabin crew does not have the capacity to decide which flights will not operate” and that the commander is “the only person who can decide”, the airline chaired by Michael O’Leary recalled that if there is any doubt in this sense, then you should ask Operations.

“It is the job of the Operations Department to make these assessments, not the cabin crew, and the operating instructions must be followed,” Ryanair has argued, noting that “the issue of fatigue arises very little and has not been a factor in any recent incident. ”

“I know that the vast majority of you do not tolerate this behavior and I am sorry to call your attention to this matter but there are a small number of crew members who think that their comfort and convenience are above those of our passengers. always go first, “the airline says in its letter to the workers.