Budget carrier Ryanair is one of several airlines coming under fire for reportedly sidestepping employment legislation in its French operations.
Scara, the French union of autonomous airlines, singled out the Irish airline alongside AirFrance subsidiary CityJet, US company NetJets and Switzerland’s Global Jet, accusing them of ignoring French law and achieving savings as a result.
Alerting the French government to what it claims is an unfair competitive advantage, Scara said that the airlines were cutting costs by paying employees only according to their own national laws – avoiding the additional social benefit payments that French workers should legally receive.
The French transport minister, Dominique Bussereau, has been called upon to investigate company employment practices at the relevant airlines, with the application of sanctions a possible outcome.
A spokesman for the French transport ministry said: "Scara has already alerted the State to the issue of the application of regulations by companies based in France and work inspectors regularly carry out checks."
But whether cutting costs on employment or not, Ryanair has claimed today that its profits are likely to fall next year as consumer spending tails off and oil prices keep fuel costs soaring.