Ryanair pi­lot raises con­cerns with O’Leary

The Irish Times - - Home News - MARK HILLIARD

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”.

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