TO ALL RYANAIR PILOTS IN THE UK
A message from Brian Strutton, BALPA’s General Secretary:
“The problems Ryanair are facing have certainly generated a lot of news coverage over the past few weeks. Equally, the pilots themselves have seized this opportunity to profile some of the issues they face regarding contracts, a collective voice and terms and conditions.
“Ryanair has taken a bizarre approach in apparently trying to appease the pilots by throwing money at the problem, in the form of cash bonuses offered to pilots in return for giving up annual leave, whilst at the same time, pilots seem to feel that the CEO publicly insults them.
“BALPA is not surprised that the Ryanair pilot group has taken the unusual steps of challenging the airline. Demands relating to contracts of employment, a collective voice and a step towards parity with competing airlines should not come as a shock to Ryanair.
“BALPA pilots and staff members have attended the recent Ryanair pilot meetings and have been overwhelmed by the desire of those pilots to become organised. The pilots unanimously supported motions of unity with ERCs across Europe.
“The organic upsurge in pilot demands is inspirational and unsurprising given recent developments. This has led to widespread coverage in the media and the structure of Ryanair, Brookfield and Storm contracts being dissected in many national newspapers. In many industries, zero hours contracts and poor working conditions have been exposed and corrected. Whilst Ryanair has denied the claims BALPA believes the pilots and we want a full investigation which we would be happy to participate in.”
BALPA affirms the following
Ryanair pilots have decided to stand up for their rights. BALPA fully supports you in your effort to do that
Individual BALPA membership for Ryanair pilots has been growing in recent days, and remains open. We welcome and support all UK pilots regardless of base, rank or contract status
We support Ryanair pilots in their call for fit for purpose employment contracts
We will provide any assistance requested that we are able to in order to strengthen communication and organisation networks in the UK and with other member associations and with the ECA
We will provide advice and guidance to members on the unilateral changes of leave allocation
The whole BALPA pilot community stands right behind the Ryanair pilot efforts to bring unity over division
Several questions have been asked concerning what appears to involve the unilateral cancelation of booked and allocated leave. However, the right to take such leave applies to those employed as crew members, and it is a right enforceable against the employer. We would suggest that members who wish further advice or representation contact BALPA explaining their circumstances and include supporting documentation/notice etc. as well as your contract of employment. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2004/756/regulation/4/made
BALPA – Communication
The UK based pilots are encouraged to maintain contact with BALPA HQ through National Officer, David Margrie (DavidMargrie@balpa.org). We are aware that there are several WhatsApp and social media groups up and running which can be useful for general chat but a more structured approach when taking formal positions may be more appropriate.
BALPA stands ready to assist your communications and can make webinars available and help with base meetings if required.
Since the news broke about the airline’s problems and subsequent pilot unity, BALPA membership has significantly increased. We would urge all pilots to join the appropriate member association wherever they are based in the airline’s network. Although this is very much an organic surge in activity, it is important that the pilots protect themselves and utilise the strong position that has been taken. If, the airline seeks a remedy and agrees to meet with a united representative structure, it is important that these reps have the experts and resources behind them.
BALPA will support and provide officers, staff or Executive Members to base meetings in the UK that pilots wish to organise.
If you not already a BALPA member and wish to join please go to https://www.balpa.org/join.
Stay in Touch
David Margrie, the BALPA officer supporting Ryanair pilots, can be reached at DavidMargrie@balpa.org.