Ryanair has sacked six members of cabin crew after an image of them sleeping on the ground of a Spanish airport went viral.
The Irish finances airline was criticised after the image, which it claims was staged, was extensively shared on social media.
It confirmed crew members mendacity aspect by aspect on the ground of Malaga Airport on the Costa del Sol on 14 October after 4 Ryanair planes destined for Porto, in Portugal, had been diverted to Malaga throughout Storm Leslie.
Workers took the “protest picture” after reportedly being left with simply eight seats between them for the night time.
Ryanair has argued that the picture was actually staged and that crew members solely spent a brief time frame within the crew room.
The corporate’s official Twitter web page additionally shared CCTV footage of the crew members showing to rearrange themselves on the ground and pose for the sleeping picture.
A Ryanair spokeswoman confirmed to Sky Information that every one six staff have been dismissed.
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She stated: “All six cabin crew members in Porto had been dismissed on Mon 5 November for breach of contract on grounds of gross misconduct, after staging a pretend to assist a false declare (extensively reported in worldwide media shops) that they had been ‘pressured to sleep on the ground’ of the Malaga crew room, which was behaviour which broken their employer’s popularity and induced an irreparable breach of belief with these six individuals.”
The SNPVAC union, which represents Portuguese airline crews, alleged that 24 Ryanair crew members had been pressured to spend the night time on the airport flooring with out entry to meals or water.
The union posted the picture on the Fb group “Ryanair MUST change”.
“That is Porto crew final night time stranded on the ground of Malaga crew room. They had been diverted because of the storm and the corporate left them there,” the caption reads.
SNPVAC added in an announcement on Fb that crew had been left “with out the minimal authorized necessities for appropriate lodging, with no entry to meals or drinks and with solely sufficient seats for 1/three of the folks there”.
It added: “Regardless of the Malaga area offering a minimum of 540 accommodations, with greater than 85,000 beds, Ryanair was unable to search out any lodging.
Ryanair have dismissed six staff over a ‘pretend’ picture
“Ryanair was the one firm that could not present their clients and their workers appropriate lodging.
“The stranded crew, in a gesture of protest, took a photograph that instantly turned viral. Laying on the ground was the one choice to relaxation; their ‘appropriate lodging’.”
Social media customers continued to criticise Ryanair following the video expose.
Twitter consumer Jim Atkinson stated: “Everybody already KNEW it was a protest image you knuckleheads! The actual fact stays: you stranded FOUR CREWS in an airport terminal for the night time and made no discernible try to search out them correct lodging and even meals and water!”
One other consumer, Steve Lemmens, stated: “In the event you would have offered lodge lodging to crew. They would not should do such issues. Disgrace on you as soon as extra, Ryanair.”