Ryanair still bat­tling to win over fed-up pi­lots

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

RYANAIR’S lat­est fi­nan­cial re­sults pub­lished this morn­ing will cer­tainly be ro­bust. But the air­line is still bat­tling to win the hearts and minds – and pock­ets – of many of its own pi­lots. It ap­pears to be strug­gling to do so. Pi­lots at some of Ryanair’s big­gest bases have al­ready re­jected fresh pay pro­pos­als from the com­pany.

Some­thing is go­ing to have to give. The Ger­man probe is un­wel­come news. How­ever, Ryanair has agreed to as­sist Ger­man tax au­thor­i­ties as they in­ves­ti­gate con­tract Ryanair pi­lots and said that the com­pany it­self is not a sub­ject of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ryanair’s stel­lar suc­cess over the past 25 years, since it em­barked on its low-cost mantra, has been built on the premise of driv­ing ticket prices as low as pos­si­ble, while at the same time keep­ing a tight lid on costs.

It’s a strat­egy that has so far served it well.

But part of the way it keeps con­trol of costs has been down to how its work­ers are em­ployed.

Its pi­lot ros­ter­ing fi­asco that erupted last month has laid bare deep dis­con­tent amongst many of Ryanair’s pi­lots and cre­ated a big headache for man­age­ment.

Many of those pi­lots want new terms and con­di­tions, dif­fer­ent pay struc­tures, and a new way to in­ter­act and en­gage with head of­fice.

Pi­lots have al­ready been told they might have to brace for in­dus­trial ac­tion for their mes­sage to be heard.

And no one wants that.

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