Saturday 26 May 2018

Ryanair cabin crew and pilots secure pay rise of 10pc

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

RYANAIR has agreed a deal with cabin crew and some pilots that will see them get an average 10pc pay increase over the next four years.

With no union representation, the pay negotiations have been handled by internal employee representatives and management. There are over 2,400 pilots working for the airline and 5,200 flight attendants.

The company said the pay increases for cabin crew will apply to all grades, from supervisors to junior members. They've also negotiated higher supervisory and other allowances, while what Ryanair describes as a stable "home every night" roster has also been maintained.

Ryanair said pilots at bases in Cork, Shannon, Bristol, Alicante, East Midlands and Luton have also negotiated fresh terms. They include pay rises of up to 10pc as well as allowance and pension increases. The pilots will also work a five-day on, four-day off roster.

Productivity

But Ryanair, which last week confirmed an order for 175 new Boeing aircraft, concedes that it tries to control its labour costs by seeking to "continually improve the productivity of its already highly productive workforce".

Productivity-based incentive payments accounted for about 47pc of an average flight attendant's total earnings at Ryanair last year and 37pc of the typical pilot's compensation.

Ryanair spokesman Robin Kiely said: "It is a considerable success for Ryanair's cabin crew and pilots to secure pay increases and favourable rosters at a time when unions in Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK are currently negotiating job cuts, pay cuts and pension cuts."

Irish Independent

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