On 1 July 2015, the Labour Court ruled that the industrial actions and blockades against Ryanair are legal.

The Labour Court has ruled in the long-awaited action concerning the legality of the notified conflict against Ryanair.

The Labour Court had to decide on one of the cornerstones of the Danish model. Can Serviceforbundet start a conflict against Ryanair for the purpose of obtaining a collective agreement covering the staff based at Copenhagen Airport?

Ryanair objected against the legality of the notice of conflict as the air planes are registered in Ireland. On 1 July 2015 at 14:00, the Industrial Court ruled that the staff is Danish and that Danish labour law rules must be complied with. According to these rules, a union may start a conflict for the purpose of obtaining a collective agreement. If Ryanair does not conclude a collective agreement with Serviceforbundet no later than Monday 6 July 2015 at 00:00, a strike will begin.

However, a sympathy conflict has not been notified as from this date and, consequently, other staff groups at Copenhagen Airport cannot refuse performing work for Ryanair from the night to Tuesday 7 July 2015.

It is still uncertain when the notified sympathy conflicts will start.

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Marianne Lage

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