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Monday 19 March 2018

Ryanair contract pilots at Stansted warned over pay deal

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Pilots hired out on contracts to Ryanair at Stansted Airport have been warned by the contracting firm that supplies them to the airline they won't be eligible for new productivity bonuses unless Ryanair staff pilots at the London base also accept such awards.

UK-based McGinley Aviation, one of a number of firms that provides contract staff to Ryanair, wrote to its pilots based in Stansted this week, informing them that they could receive pay increases and productivity bonuses in line with those being offered to Ryanair staff pilots.

But McGinley Aviation managing director Elizabeth Cusack informed contract Ryanair pilots at Stansted that they would only get the productivity bonus if staff Ryanair pilots vote by today to also accept such bonuses from the airline.

"If Ryanair-employed STN (Stansted) pilots vote in favour of the addendum to their current base agreement by Fri 20 Oct we have agreed with Ryanair that all McGinley pilots based at STN will also receive a productivity bonus effective 1 November, of £12K for captains and £6K for first officers," Ms Cusack said in a letter to contract pilots.

She added: "Please be advised that the productivity bonus of £12,000 per annum will not be paid to STN contractor pilots if the Ryanair STN employed pilots do not accept this enhanced deal by Friday October 20."

Asked to comment, Ms Cusack said the pay issue was a "matter for Ryanair".

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

Ms Cusack added in her letter that the productivity bonus scheme was also only available to contract pilots certain to a number of conditions, including that Stansted pilots continue to deal directly with the company through the Ryanair Employee Representation Committee (ERC) at Stansted.

A number of Ryanair pilots from bases across Europe have recently established a European Employee Representation Committee (EERC). They want the airline to deal with the EERC in order to make collective agreements across the airline's base network, rather than the airline inking deals with individual base ERCs. Ryanair has refused to interact with the EERC.

Irish Independent

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