Sunday 18 February 2018

'To continue dealing through ERCs will be considered by us as an attack' - Ryanair warned by unions on talks

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary Photo: Bloomberg
Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary Photo: Bloomberg
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Ryanair unions have told the airline's management to stop using its existing employee representative committees (ERCs) and that continuing to do so will be seen as an "attack" on the union recognition process.

Speaking on behalf of pilot unions, including the Irish Airline Pilots' Association, the European Cockpit Association (ECA) told Ryanair that the airline needs to "accept that recognising unions and negotiating with them excludes other options to conclude 'deals' or 'agreements'."

In a letter to Ryanair's chief operations officer, Peter Bellew, and chief people officer Eddie Wilson, the ECA has claimed that the airline continues efforts to "push through" at each Ryanair base "a unilateral, non-negotiated pay rise offer" that has conditions attached.

The ECA has claimed Ryanair is "de facto sidelining the very unions in those countries that Ryanair claims to be willing to recognise and negotiate with".

The pilot association has also claimed that Ryanair is excluding part of its own pilot population from this process.

"It does so… by refusing to have contractor pilots involved in company councils and the company council delegations that meet with Ryanair for the purpose of collective negotiations," the ECA claimed.

"To continue dealing through [the] ERC system will be considered by all of us as an attack on the very recognition process Ryanair just started to engage in," warned the ECA.

It added that "atypical employment" at the airline should be phased out and remain an exception within the company. Ryanair announced last month that it would recognise pilot and other unions across Europe.

Irish Independent

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