Sunday 22 April 2018

Trade union claims conditions that Ryanair is attempting to impose on pilots in return for pay increases are 'unacceptable'

(Niall Carson/PA)
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John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Conditions that Ryanair is attempting to impose on Ryanair pilots in return for pay increases are "unacceptable", trade union Forsa, formerly Impact, has warned.

The tense exchange between the union and the airline in a letter today that has been seen by Independent.ie comes just two months after Ryanair said it would recognise unions across Europe.

"Since the very start of talks, Ryanair management have attempted to use the recognition process as an opportunity to impose conditions on our members which we have never negotiated," Forsa national secretary Angela Kirk told Ryanair's chief people officer Eddie Wilson in the letter today.

She added: "We anticipated that this recognition agreement would lead to a constructive and mutually beneficial framework of engagement for all stakeholders amd curtail the ongoing haemorrhage of experienced pilots. Unfortunately to date, this has not been the case."

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary warned earlier this month that the airline could face the threat of strike action around Easter as it continues to try and hammer out deals with unions in Europe.

Those efforts are being spearheaded for the airline by Mr Wilson and Ryanair's chief operations officer Peter Bellew.

Forsa has previously warned Ryanair that as it has recognised the union in principle, it must now negotiate any pay deals for Ryanair pilots in Ireland through the union.

Ms Kirk told Mr Wilson that the union, in an effort to move the formal recognition process along, will now table a "less complex", modified version of its proposed recognition agreement.

She added: "Finally, we can only assume by your continuous reference to our Aer Lingus members, that a bench-marking process should be conducted of the pay, terms and conditions of pilots in Ryanair, against the pay, terms and conditions of pilots in Aer Lingus."

A spokesperson for Ryanair told Independent.ie tonight: "We don't comment on our discussions with our people."

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