Airline company Ryanair has been ordered to pay eight Dutch pilots each a compensation between € 380.000 and € 480.000. The dispute dates back to last year following Ryanair’s decision to close its base at Eindhoven airport where pilots had twice gone on strike in protest at changes to their pensions and other benefits. After this the pilots were given the opportunity to choose between six other base locations or a contract that would give them a new base location every three months (as a 'mobile pilot'). The pilots did not agree with this course of action and therefore started a lawsuit.
The Dutch court ruled that Ryanair was not allowed to transfer the pilots to another base without their permission or justified economic reasons. In addition to this the employment contracts were dissolved, now that here is no likelihood of a ‘purposeful continuation’.
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