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Bearing all the hallmarks of oppression: union avoidance in Europe's largest low-cost airline

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dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Michelle
dc.contributor.author Gunnigle, Patrick
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-28T11:52:20Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-28T11:52:20Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation O’Sullivan, M. and Gunnigle, P. (2009) ‘"Bearing All the Hallmarks of Oppression": Union Avoidance in Europe's Largest Low-cost Airline’, Labor Studies Journal, 34 (2): 252-270. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/385
dc.description peer-reviewed
dc.description.abstract Ryanair is now Europe’s largest low-cost airline. It is also one of the most controversial, due to its outspoken boss, its cost-containment strategies, and its hostile relations with organized labor. Ryanair has consistently denied accusations that it is antiunion, stating that it respects the right of workers to organize and even claiming to be a champion of its employees’ right to non-unionization. However, this claim does not hold up in the face of extensive evidence of union suppression. This article addresses such evidence, particularly, the various methods by which Ryanair has avoided and suppressed unions. In Ireland, Ryanair successfully crushed an organizing campaign by the country’s largest union, the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union, after a lengthy and bitter strike. The only other union continuing to challenge Ryanair is the Irish Airline Pilots Association. However, its efforts recently suffered a major setback when the Supreme Court ruled that Ryanair’s nonunion “employee representative committees” were a form of collective bargaining, allowing the company to affirm its nonunion status. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Labor Studies Journal;34/2
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0160449X08319661
dc.subject Ryanair
dc.subject pilots
dc.subject unions
dc.subject union avoidance
dc.subject airline en_US
dc.title Bearing all the hallmarks of oppression: union avoidance in Europe's largest low-cost airline en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.internal.authorcontactother michelle.osullivan@ul.ie
dc.internal.authorcontactother patrick.gunnigle@ul.ie

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