Can the current Ryanair management team deliver the change that is needed to ensure a smooth transition towards a unionised airline?
“As professional pilots – critical and committed to the future of our airline – we have lost all confidence in the current management and leadership. To our knowledge, the Board has not explicitly disapproved or discouraged the current management’s approach to employee relations,” says an anonymous long-standing Ryanair pilot member of the Ryanair Transnational Pilot Group (RTPG). “Having a shared interest in the health and success of our airline, we – the pilots of Ryanair – urge shareholders to enable the necessary changes, both within the management team and the Board, to allow for a fresh start and constructive social dialogue.”
“Ryanair pilots from across Europe clearly set out what it takes to address their concerns and to prevent them from leaving for better jobs at competitor airlines,” says Philip von Schöppenthau, ECA Secretary General. “One of the most powerful signals of good will from management would be to offer immediately to every ‘contractor’ pilot to move – by 1 January 2019 – to a direct employment contract rather than the current precarious Irish broker agency contracts. All contracts should also be governed by the local law of the country where the pilot is based.”
Note to editors: ECA is the representative body of European pilot associations, representing over 38.000 pilots from across Europe, striving for the highest levels of aviation safety and fostering social rights and quality employment for pilots in Europe. See also: www.eurocockpit.be & @eu_cockpit