Groen co-chairman Jeremie Vaneeckhout is not impressed. He mainly questions Ryanair’s business model, more specifically in the area of social sustainability. “If Ryanair conforms to the standards we set for economic growth, there is no problem,” says Vaneeckhout in “The appointment on Friday”. “We don’t have a fix against Ryanair, but Ryanair’s business model itself is very difficult to defend socially and environmentally at the moment.”
Vaneeckhout does not want to say in so many words that Ryanair better leave. “We ask Ryanair to adapt to the requirements we set: social standards for workable work, acceptable pay, environmental friendliness, etc… We think that’s important.”
A few days ago, 48 Belgian pilots of Ryanair announced that they want to take the Irish airline to a labor court. They demand that Ryanair bring their wages back to pre-coronavirus levels. At the start of the pandemic, in 2020, they had agreed to forfeit 20 percent of their wages, on the condition that it would be returned to its previous level after the crisis. The latter has not happened.