Ireland - Stormy weather for Ryanair - September 30, 2017

Whilst Ryanair is struggling with a reduction of services and cancellation of a myriad of flights as a consequence of mismanagement, the company’s pilots have started to organise themselves. In a letter to the management the pilots have outlined their demands for better contracts and negotiating rights. In the letter from Employee Representative Councils on behalf of around 60 Ryanair bases, the pilots say they want permanent local contracts, with employment terms to be benchmarked with regional competitor airlines, following national laws and rights, to be concluded by 1 January 2018. If that deadline cannot be met, they want agreed interim arrangements put in place. Earlier this month, the pilots rejected a proposed bonus scheme to encourage them to work through annual leave. Ryanair offered bonuses of up to €12,000, deferred for a year, if they would give up some of the annual leave entitlements to address staff shortages.

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