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Former Ryanair Employee Wins Redundancy Payment Dispute

Published on Nov 23 2021 9:12 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Ryanair

Former Ryanair Employee Wins Redundancy Payment Dispute

A former Ryanair employee has won a dispute with the airline over a €16,000 redundancy payment.

As reported by The Irish Times, Ryanair was told by Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudicator Breiffni O'Neill to pay former Ryanair cabin crew member Jovita Jocinate her statutory redundancy payment.

Jocinate had reportedly worked for Ryanair since 2007 but was reportedly told in May of 2020 that the airline was shutting its base at Kaunas in Lithuania, where she worked, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jocinate Statements

Jocinate reportedly argued in her testimony to the WRC that in order to avoid a redundancy payment, Ryanair offered her alternative employment at its Stansted base in the UK, over 1,600km from her home in Lithuania.

Jocinate, who reportedly represented herself at the two-day WRC remote hearing, reportedly explained that the Stansted offer was unacceptable because she could no longer live in the city where she had settled and would have to move to a country that was a considerable distance away, while pregnant and already having a two year old child.

Jocinate reportedly said that, as a result of Ryanair's refusal to reconsider, she had no choice but to sign a new contract with Ryanair subsidiary, Buzz, and be based out of Kaunas because she had to support her small child and ensure that she would get her maternity benefit later on when she had her baby.

"Unreasonable"

In his findings, O'Neill reportedly found that it was "unreasonable" of Ryanair to require Jocinaite to move to London.

Ryanair Statements

At the hearing, Ryanair reportedly argued that instead of making Jocinate's position redundant, Ryanair was in a position to offer her continued employment at the London Stansted base.

Ryanair reportedly stated that it advised Jocinate that the transfer would be effective July 1 of 2020, in accordance with the mobility clause in the contract of employment.

Ryanair reportedly said that Jocinate chose to end her employment and start with a new third party despite it being open to her to remain in their employment and be based at Stansted.

A Ryanair spokesperson reportedly said that the company is appealing the decision. This will reportedly be heard at the Labour Court at a later date.

© 2021 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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