Wednesday 18 July 2018

Ryanair pilots 'remain undaunted, committed'

'Yesterday, the interim European Employees Representative Council (EERC), formed in the wake of September’s flight cancellations at Ryanair, wrote to pilots urging them to sign up to the national pilot association' (stock photo)
'Yesterday, the interim European Employees Representative Council (EERC), formed in the wake of September’s flight cancellations at Ryanair, wrote to pilots urging them to sign up to the national pilot association' (stock photo)
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Ryanair pilots remain "undaunted and even more committed" to their cause as they continue their push for unionisation and new pay agreements, a new representative body has told the cockpit crew.

Yesterday, the interim European Employees Representative Council (EERC), formed in the wake of September's flight cancellations at Ryanair, wrote to pilots urging them to sign up to the national pilot association.

"We are united and strong, stronger than the pilot body in this company has ever been in its history," said the EERC, which alleges that several pilots from its self-styled 'company councils' announced over the last three weeks have been subjected to some form of investigation or disciplinary procedure.

Last night, Ryanair said it does not comment on what it described as "false claims or speculation from pilot unions or their front, the 'so-called EERC'".

"Any statements from this 'so-called EERC' have no validity and are ignored by both Ryanair and our pilots, who continue to negotiate base agreements while these competitor pilot unions send letters to the media," said a spokesperson for the airline.

The latest EERC letter comes days after former Malaysia Airlines chief executive Peter Bellew started in his new role as chief operations officer for Ryanair.

Spanish pilot union Sepla is the latest European union to inform Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary that it has established a Ryanair Company Council.

Six Ryanair Company Councils have now been established in Europe within existing aviation unions, in Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Germany and Portugal.

The countries are home to some of Ryanair's biggest bases.

Irish Independent

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