The employees concerned, the vast majority of whom work at Brussels Airport, will be given the opportunity to sign contracts with Ryanair itself between the 1st of April and the 1st of May, according to the Centrale Nationale des Employés (CNE). The same goes for people employed by Workforce, another Ryanair subcontractor, the Christian trade union federation said.
Ryanair staff in Belgium and some other European countries went on an unprecedented series of strikes in 2018 to press demands to be covered by the labour laws of the countries where they worked.
However, the application of Belgian social law to Ryanair staff does not mean the end of the struggle, according to the CNE. It remains to be seen how the company will apply the local labour laws, Hans Elsen of LBC-NVK, the Flemish wing of CNE, explained.