31 May '13, 9am

French prosecutor seeks confiscation of #Ryanair planes over alleged labour violations @AFP

A prosecutor pressed on Friday for low-cost Irish airline Ryanair to be fined 225,000 euros ($293,000) and for confiscation of four of its planes over alleged breaches of French labour law. At a trial in southern France, prosecutor Annie Battini said the maximum 225,000-euro-fine faced by Ryanair for charges of "concealing employment" was so low as to be "ridiculous". She urged the court therefore also to confiscate four planes which the airline had based at Marignane airport, near Marseille and not far from Aix-en-Provence, from 2007 to 2011. The trial against Ryanair opened on Thursday, after prosecutors charged the airline with several illegal practices including registering workers employed in France as Irish employees, preventing workplace councils from functioning and preventing access to unions. The civil plaintiffs in the case, who include a pilots' union and a pen...

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straitstimes.com 30 May '13, 10am

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