The campaign aims to force Ryanair to recognize flying personnels' right to organize. Employees of Ryanair have substantially lower wages and worse working conditions than employees of other airlines, and the company does not recognize the unions.
This was clear when Ryanair's sales manager in the Nordic region, Erik Elmsäter, told the following to NRK Østfold in September 2009: – "It is pure nonsense that we prevent our people to organize. In Ryanair, people can organize on themselves as much as they want, but we do not negotiate with the organizations.
– The right to organize is a fundamental human right. It would be unfortunate if the employees and officers on behalf of Parat uses the services of a company that openly oppose their employees' right to form a union, says Parat leader Hans-Erik Skjæggerud.
Skjæggerud also suggested that they do not want a workplace where the employees' wages and working conditions are the most important competitive factor.
Vocational Unions(Yrkesorganisasjonenes Sentralforbund) – YS is a politically independent Association of Workers, and was established 17 January 1977.
YS consists of 22 different associations with a total of approximately 215,000 members. The members cover all sectors of industry.
YS is a member of the Nordic Trade Union Confederation (NFS), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), International Trade Union Confederation (IFS) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC).
Parat is a politically independent trade union affiliated to YS. Parat has almost 30 thousand members in all sectors of industry and organize employees in most occupations and industries.
Ryanair is an Irish low-cost airline that was established in 1985. It operates more than 950 routes between 151 airports in 26 European and North African countries.
The low prices have given Ryanair a huge success and high customer count in one market after another. For several years after the 2001 Ryanair was the only European airline that made a profit.
At the same time, there has been a number controversial issues in the media, both in Britain and Norway.
Especially, the trade unions have been critical to the company policy to employees.Moreover, dissatisfied Ryanair customers have created their own website.