Wednesday 22 August 2018

Unite signs 'historic' union recognition deal with Ryanair for UK cabin crew

Stock Image: PA
Stock Image: PA

Alan Jones

A "historic" union recognition agreement has been signed with Ryanair covering hundreds of cabin crew, Unite has announced.

The union said 650 employees operating out of Ryanair's UK bases at Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Stansted, Luton, Manchester and Prestwick airports will have full consultation rights and collective bargaining.

Three Unite representatives will be given paid time off to fulfil their union duties representing members at the company, said the union.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "This is a historic agreement and a significant step by Ryanair.

"For the first time ever Ryanair's UK cabin crew will have a recognised union in their corner to deal with workplace issues and collectively bargain on pay.

"Over the coming weeks Unite will be seeking similar agreements with the employment agencies which indirectly employ the remainder of Ryanair's UK cabin crew.

"Unite looks forward to building a positive relationship with Ryanair that benefits passengers and workers alike."

Ryanair's chief people officer Eddie Wilson said: "We are pleased to sign this cabin crew recognition agreement with Unite. This is a further sign of the progress Ryanair is making with trade unions since our December 2017 decision to recognise them.

"We hope to announce further agreements over the coming weeks, in those countries where unions have approached these negotiations in a practical and positive manner.

"We are making less progress in some smaller countries where minor issues (such as days off for union officials) are unnecessarily delaying agreements."

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