Today’s strike by Ryanair pilots has succeeded in shutting down many of Ryanair’s flights in Europe. Its effectiveness is predicated on workers being organised across national borders. It is far to easy for ruthlessly exploitative employers like Ryanair to strike-break when they are transnationally organised and unions are not.
Ryanair’s policy of fake self-employment, whereby it avoids having to pay training, health and social insurance and pension costs of its workers has become a standard part of the management playbook in the neoliberal era. For instance many of Deutsche Post’s end deliveries are now carried out by pseudo-self-employed van drivers.
It’s heartening to see more unions organising transnationally, particularly within the EU, where they have common legal and regulatory frameworks to work with, as opposed to a chaos of national laws allowing regulatory arbitrage by employers. And it further hightlights the backwardness of ‘red nationalism’, in either its social democratic…
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