Ryanair pilot raises concerns with O’Leary
A Ryanair pilot has written to chief executive Michael O’Leary outlining the concerns of her colleagues over the airline’s refusal to entertain collective bargaining on employment conditions.
Capt Imelda Comer hand-delivered the correspondence to Ryanair headquarters on Wednesday, breaking from the usual anonymity of staff representatives who are, the letter claims, “concerned about their security” in identifying themselves to management.
The European Cockpit Association (EPA) alerted members of the European Parliament to Capt Comer’s letter, saying “there are still companies in Europe that deny their employees effective access to the very fundamental rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining”.
In response, Ryanair said it would not engage with the “so-called” European Employee Representative Committee (EERC), the collective body of pilots Capt Comer was speaking for, and wished her “every success with her planned move to Asia”.
In a recent memo, Ryanair advised pilots to accept a pay rise offer from next month and not to be “misled by the false promises” of unions.
Capt Comer told Mr O’Leary that letters representing pilots in 60 European bases had been ignored by the company but that the EERC “represents the views of the collective pilot body which wishes to proactively and constructively engage with the company to help resolve the current difficulties”.