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CNT Ryanair Branch delegate fired

category iberia | workplace struggles | press release author Wednesday April 01, 2009 21:31author by Sección Sindical en Ryanair de la CNT Report this post to the editors

Last Friday, 27 March, the delegate of the CNT union section in Ryanair received a letter of dismissal from the company, for reasons of unsuitability, claiming a drop in the worker's performance. This is clearly false, the reality instead being that this dismissal is designed to discourage those who are demanding their rights and exercising them.

Given this fact, the CNT announces that the comrade, and by extension the SOV of Zaragoza, is not in any way accepting this dismissal or any compensation. This has occurred as the culmination of a series of acts of repression and coercion that the company has used against the Section since its creation, and we will not stay idle.

We want to work with dignity; we don't want money in exchange for dismissal and sealed lips.

For union freedoms! Ryanair, give the fired worker his job back!

No more trade union repression!

In the near future we will be announcing the measures to be taken as a result of the new conditions of the conflict.

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author by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.publication date Thu Apr 02, 2009 00:00Report this post to the editors

We need to think of solidarity actions in Ireland. There's anarchists around and a sizeable Spanish community which includes some radicals (including some CNT militants). This Micheal O'Leary is a particularly disgusting capitalist: not only a big profiteer, but also a particularly backwarded bastard when it comes to women's issues and trade union rights. Even on the last (aborted) call for a National Strike on March 30th he was calling the government to send the army to intervene on airports in order to make sure that workers did not take part in industrial actions. He's nothing short of a fascist pig! Solidarity comrades!

author by Joepublication date Fri Apr 03, 2009 00:27Report this post to the editors

There are two different kinds of people - People who want to deal with Unions, and people who don't.

I fit into the latter, and hapilly work in a company with similar union policies to those of Ryanair. Most of the people in my job have a similar mindset. I'm not sure I understand why people in the former ( people dependent on unions ) would even want to work for a company like Ryanair. Judging from both my own personal opinions, and those of the people that I work with, I don't think Unions would be welcomed by either the Management, or the majority of workers.

I consider a job to be a voluntry arrangement between two parties, in this case, a company and a staff member. The staff member has every right to terminate that arrangement ( with a months notice ). I have an arragement with my employor. If at some time I an unhappy with that arrangement I will leave and get another job elsewhere. Why would I stay somewhere I'm unhappy with? Why should such an arrangement be so one-sided as to allow one party ( the employee ) to terminate the arrangement, and not allow the other party ( the employor ) to do the same?

If you don't like the way a company treats their staff, then why work for them?

author by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.publication date Fri Apr 03, 2009 00:53Report this post to the editors

Although I agree that the bosses have been successful in a way to impose an anti-associationist mentality to employees (that goes beyond trade unions), the previous comments seems to be done by the PR department of a company like Ryanair, not by an ordinary worker "happy" with their conditions.

This is so because few people (and extreme minority of people indeed) can chose their workplace and most work wherever they find a job -the line of argument "if you don't like it find a jos somewhere else" sounds even more idiotic than it normally does in times of an economic crisis. The big problem is that employers are not divided between those who favour trade unions and those who don't -all of them would prefer to see trade unions banned and they only accept them because they have been forced to do so. If we accept the anti-trade union practices of Ryanair, then they will be imitated by other companies and this is unacceptable. We are facing a general anti-union onslaught of all of the employer class (the capitalists as they are called).

The theory of the "voluntary agreement" between the two parties is flawed not only because it fails to take into account the fact that workers do not have much of an option to impose their conditions to bosses in isolation as employers surely do (that's the basic theory behind trade unionism -that workers can only be strong and put forward their conditions through strenght in numbers). The "arragnements" are often one-sided to one party: the employer.

It is also flawed because there are certain rules, a certain framework, even within this agreement, that the employer has to comply with and one of those rules is that workers have a right to unionize. If individual workers don't like the trade unions they are not forced to join them but at all times employers should respect the right to unionize. The right of association is even a universal human right! So a man like Michael O'Leary, no matter how rich he is, can't step on everything that has been advanced for two centuries in terms of respect to civil rights. He is an employer -not a mandarin.

And his calls for the army to intervene against workers in the event of strikes in airports, exposes their true face, not that of liberals, but of rich despots willing to use every form of coercion to keep the cash flowing in and to attack workers rights.


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