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Wednesday 21 February 2018

More than 3,000 Ryanair pilots seek collective bargaining

Michael O'Leary
Michael O'Leary
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Ryanair bases that are home to more than 3,000 of its pilots have now demanded that the airline engage with the newly-formed European Employee Relations Committee (EERC) on their behalf.

The EERC was established by Ryanair pilots in the wake of the pilot-rostering debacle at the airline. However, it has been dismissed by the carrier as a group that was established by competitor airline unions.

In recent weeks - as a growing numbers of Ryanair bases requested the airline engage with the EERC - the airline has continued to insist that it will only deal with individual employee relations committees (ERCs) that it has established at each of its almost 90 bases and through which it typically negotiates pay and other deals with pilots.

Yesterday, Ryanair pilot captain Terry O'Connor - who is resigning from the airline after 12 years and is working out his notice period - wrote to Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary.

He told the airline boss that the EERC was only made up of Ryanair pilots and contained no pilots from any rival airlines.

Read more: Dublin-based Ryanair captain validates EERC representative body in letter to CEO Michael O'Leary

Mr O'Connor said he had been asked by the EERC to act as an intermediary with airline management.

"In the near future, the interim EERC will send you details of the conditions and pay proposal that Ryanair pilots from across the bases network have contributed to developing," Mr O'Connor said in his letter to Mr O'Leary. "It will present a fair and balanced framework which will enable both pilots and management to enjoy a long and mutually-beneficial relationship.

"We believe it will attract new colleagues, stem attrition rates, grow the company and renew passenger confidence in our brand."

Ryanair said it doesn't comment on "rumour and speculation".

Almost 60 Ryanair ERCs have also written to Mr O'Leary to seek collective-bargaining arrangements.

The 59 bases that have signed the letter represent a majority of Ryanair's 4,200 pilots.

Ryanair pilots at a number of bases, including London Stansted and Madrid, have already rejected revised pay proposals from the airline.

Irish Independent

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