October 7th EERC UPDATE
Dear Pilots & ERCs
First of all, we want to thank you for the messages of support that we have received on our email account. It makes our work easier knowing it’s being appreciated by you – our colleagues.
Attached to this letter is a suggested structure and 3 step plan for the future of this movement. We would ask ERCs to please circulate this document in their bases for all pilots to see.
The EERC setup and 3 step plan page is intended to be easy enough to understand that it can be circulated on its own. However, we would like to break down each step of the organisational structure for clarification of everyone’s role in this movement:
Support your base ERC. If no ERC exists in your base, talk to your Base Captain about hosting a local election for a new ERC. If there is a current ERC who either does not want to engage in this endeavour, or who the majority of the pilots in the base feel does not represent them properly, talk to your base Captain about electing a new ERC. Join your National Pilots Association. Talk to your colleagues, engage, debate, share experiences.
Organise yourselves in National ERC Councils (NECs). The amount of representatives in each NEC should be decided based on the amount of bases in that country; more for Italy, fewer for Sweden. Continue talking in Chat Groups, represent the pilot wishes from your base. Be the leader your colleagues expect you to be.
National ERC Councils:
Reach out to the National Pilots Association, set up a communication link. Investigate the local jurisdiction on contractual issues, workers’ rights and industrial action. Elect member(s) to represent the country in your Regional EERC and be prepared to assist them.
Collect and organise information on the competitor airlines in your region relating to pilots employment. Prepare benchmark documents. Prepare elections for EERC representative(s) from the region. Be prepared to be the point of contact in your region for pilots relating to human resources and contractual issues. Prepare Collective Labour Agreements together with the NECs.
Once conditions allow for transparent elections for the EERC, where the members of this organ receives immunity from management for their actions therein, this will be populated by pilots. The EERC will be the counterpart in negotiations with management, with support from professional negotiators. The EERC will liaise with ECA for pan European decisions and actions.
We hope this breakdown offers a clear view of each step of the ladder of the organisation we are all trying to build. The end goal being a central structured body, ready to act as fully recognised negotiating partner for all contractual issues with Ryanair management. We welcome any feedback or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Interim EERC