Thursday 19 September 2019

Trade union threatens to end Ryanair talks if there's no deal

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

A SPANISH trade union negotiating recognition with Ryanair has warned that if its final proposal is rejected by the airline, talks will collapse.

The union, Sepla, claimed Ryanair's position is "totally surprising and leads us to believe that they do not intend to reach an agreement".

Sepla is understood to be planning to file a lawsuit against Ryanair in Spain in an effort to have the carrier subject to Spanish labour laws, if it rebuffs the union's final negotiating position.

In a letter to its pilot members, Sepla said that the union council that represents Ryanair pilots was "moderately optimistic" following a meeting last month with Ryanair management.

However, the council's chief delegate, Juan Antonio Canete Ruiz, said following the meeting, the union received a new recognition proposal from Ryanair "which differed from the spirit of the meeting".

Mr Canete Ruiz said that rejection of the union's final recognition proposal, which was sent to Ryanair last Friday, "would lead to a breakdown of negotiations".

There are about 700 Ryanair pilots in Spain, and about 65pc of them are members of Sepla.

Ryanair declined to comment.

The carrier, headed by CEO Michael O'Leary, has been thrashing out recognition agreements with unions across Europe.

A union recognition agreement with Irish trade union Fórsa, formerly Impact, has still not been agreed.

Irish Independent

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