Ryanair fights Norway “slave contract” case

Airline wants case to be heard in Ireland, not Norway

In a final attempt attempt to stop a former stewardess from having her case heard in Norway, Ryanair has appealed to the country’s Supreme Court.

Alessandra Cocca has compared her job contract with Ryanair to a “slave contract”. She wants her case against the carrier heard in Norway, the country where she was based and where employee protection is stronger than in the airline’s headquarters in Ireland.

Haavind, Ryanair’s law firm for the case, argues that an August ruling against its client by Norway’s Court of Appeal should be invalidated because the judge, Kristin Robberstad, may be biased. Robberstad was previously employed by the union LO, which had advised the former stewardess on her case.

“The High Court committed a procedural error which in Ryanair’s view must lead to invalidity,” Haavind states in its appeal. “Alternatively, the case [should] be dismissed by the Norwegian courts.”

Cocca, an Italian citizen, was based at Rygge airport in Norway. But Ryanair says she was employed by an Irish recruitment firm under an Irish contract to work on Irish registered aircraft and therefore the case should be heard in Ireland.

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