Copenhagen council staff boycott Ryanair
Earlier this week Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen banned the City of Copenhagen’s 45,000 employees from using budget airline Ryanair for official travel.
Jensen said the wages it pays and its lack of a Danish collective bargaining agreement had lead him to the decision, even if Ryanair are the cheapest option.
“The City of Copenhagen does not accept social dumping. Therefore we don’t use firms like Ryanair or others that don’t offer their employees proper salaries and working conditions,” Jensen wrote on Facebook. The Mayor said the ban on flying with Ryanair was a continuation of Copenhagen's policies.
“Here in Copenhagen we have fought hard against the scourge of social dumping. Therefore we require all of those who deliver services to the municipality, including those who would sell us plane tickets, to offer their employees proper salaries and working conditions,” he said.
“Thus, we already have a ban on flying with Ryanair. Our rules mean that we cannot enter contracts or buy goods from suppliers that do not pay proper salaries,” Jensen continued.
Ryanair spokesman Ronan O’Keeffe said that Jensen’s decision gives preferential treatment to SAS, the Scandinavian airline partly owned by the Danish state. O’Keeffe added that Jensen is misinformed about Ryanair’s working conditions.
Jensen is not alone in his decision to ban travel with the Irish airline. The municipalities of Albertslund, Ballerup, Brøndby, Hvidovre, Ishøj, Ringsted, Roskilde and Tårnby have also declared that employees can only fly with airlines that have Danish collective bargaining agreements.
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