Afteow-cost Irish carrier Ryanair seems to have landed in a soup after it fired six employees who were allegedly involved in staging a photograph to ruin the reputation of the company.
Since it is all a very big confusion, let us start from the beginning. On October 14 this year, as storms raged in the southern part of Spain and Portugal, more than 20 cabin crew members had to spend the night at Malaga airport.
The airline apparently did not provide them with adequate stay facilities like putting them up in hotels, so the distressed crew members had to spend the night at the airport itself.
According to Spain’s SITCPLA cabin crew union, the crew members were first put up in the crew room at the airport and then moved to the VIP lounge around 6 in the morning. The lounge was only equipped with chairs and sofas.
When questioned about why the crew wasn’t provided hotel accommodations, the airline authorities had said that all rooms were fully booked that day. This ultimately turned out to be untrue according to some sources.
During that time, six Portugal-based employees decided to lie on the floor for the photo in protest at inadequate accommodation conditions they were subjected to. This is the photo that caused a stir on internet.
Now, Ryanair has sacked those six employees on charges of trying to deliberately ruin the reputation of the company. This did not go down well with netizens and crew unions. There has been widespread outrage about the professionalism and working conditions at Ryanair.