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Ryanair loses EU case to keep Irish law for crew abroad

Ryanair loses EU case to keep Irish law for crew abroad
From Reuters - September 14, 2017

LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ryanair lost an EU court battle on Thursday in which the airline had sought to continue imposing business-friendly Irish labor laws on cabin crew working elsewhere in Europe, in a case with implications across the low-cost airline sector.

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled in favor of cabin crew based at the Irish carriers Charleroi airport base in Belgium. The employees took the airline to a local court, believing Belgian law would be more favorable to them.

Ryanair argued that Irish law applied to their Irish contracts.

The Court points out first of all that, as regards disputes related to employment contracts, the European rules concerning jurisdiction are aimed at protecting the weaker party, the Luxembourg-based ECJ said in a statement.

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