A MESSAGE TO STN PILOTS FROM THE INTERIM EERC
The EERC would like to congratulate the pilots in Stansted on making a clear and decisive statement to the company and the rest of the pilot body.
Management has continued to try to solve our problems with incomprehensible offers of pay deals, showing how disconnected they are from the pilot body. They have failed to see that this is about a lot more than just money. They have failed to understand the concerns of the pilots on the line.
While 61% of our stansted colleagues refused to be swayed by the propaganda, we must acknowledge that 39% were willing to accept this offer. We ask those colleagues to think carefully not about what WAS offered, but rather what WASN’T offered: the main elements of a contract that pilots can build a career around.
Management has imposed a significant gap in both our conditions and pay, when compared with pilots in other companies. That’s why so many pilots leave. We have never had any input to our basing, our promotion system, our leave system, our pay rates, our allowances. We have no input in general. This is the result of a flawed representation system that has been imposed on us. We can only change the underlying conditions if we do it together.
The interim EERC will issue a pilots Conditions & Pay Proposal (CPP) tomorrow, Sunday October 22nd.
When you receive the CPP, please read it carefully. Please ask yourself one question – If our negotiating team could deliver the CPP, would you accept it? We promise that it will be very hard to see how any pilot could refuse it. Why not stand together and demand what we are entitled to?
The pay element of the CPP will be based on figures the company have stated in public that they are already giving us. Management will refuse these numbers, because they do not give us what they claim to do. Wait and see!
You have shown great leadership in rejecting a tempting but seriously flawed offer from the company. To get what we deserve, we have to change our approach. We have to stand together, to use the full strength of all pilots across all bases. That’s what the company fears most. That is our greatest strength. It is time for us to use that strength together.
The Interim EERC will provide a clear path that we believe needs to be followed. The company will continue to be unreasonable and to do everything they can to disrupt that and deny that. If we stand together, we will address the unreasonable imbalance and constructively contribute to resolving our ongoing problems. Please support the Interim EERC in the coming days, weeks and months, to make the changes in Ryanair that we have all looked for but that current management has denied us.
Captain Imelda Comer
On behalf of the Interim EERC