Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ann-Marie Walsh: Forget quick bucks, a long-term prize is in mind

A Ryanair flight is seen at Stansted Airport, London. Photo: REUTERS
A Ryanair flight is seen at Stansted Airport, London. Photo: REUTERS

Ann-Marie Walsh

Ryanair pilots have seized the moment and put it up to Michael O'Leary.

Rather than jumping at his offer of a few quick bucks, they're playing for a long-term prize - contracts to rival the terms and conditions enjoyed by their counterparts at rival airlines. That has been the game plan at the many meetings they organised at their bases across Europe this week.

The prospect of industrial action or calling in sick has been raised at all the meetings. But over the last day or two, they have seen their normally tight-fisted employer begin to throw money at them. With at least five weeks of this flight cancellation chaos to go, and bookings in tatters, one pilot source said the collective action option is now being kept in their back pocket.

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