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Saturday 17 February 2018

Ryanair reaches recognition agreement with union

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary Photo: Bloomberg
Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary Photo: Bloomberg
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Ryanair has signed a formal Union Recognition agreement with BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association), who will now be the sole representative body for Ryanair employed pilots in the UK.

The agreement follows extensive negotiations with BALPA since Ryanair’s December announcement that it was willing to recognise Unions for collective bargaining purposes.

Describing the progress in the UK as "rapid" compared to some other EU countries where Ryanair is still waiting for a response to its recognition proposals, and where some unions have failed to put the pay increases to its pilots, chief people officer at Ryanair Eddie Wilson said that the airline was calling on those unions to "stop wasting time and to act quickly to deliver pay increases."

In addition Mr Wilson said that in Dublin, where 35pc of its pilots had not received the pay increase, the low-fares airline has “warned FÓRSA/IALPA that we will offer [the increase] to these pilots individually if they refuse / fail to organise a vote among just 35pc of our Dublin pilots on this pay increase on or before 31 January."

"Today’s agreement between Ryanair and BALPA shows that Ryanair can work with unions that wish to work with us to promote the interests of both our pilots and our customers," Mr Wilson said.

During the period that the recognition negotiations were continuing with BALPA, the six remaining Ryanair UK Bases (including Stansted) voted – in secret ballot – to accept pay increases of up to 20pc, which had already been agreed by a majority (nine) of other UK bases.

These pay increases mean Ryanair’s UK pilots are earning 20pc more than competitor 737 pilots, - Norwegian and Jet2 – the airline said.

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