In the afternoon of Monday October 9th, news broke that offers of amendments to the current base agreements covering pilots on Ryanair permanent contracts in the company’s bases in Madrid and Bucharest had been presented by management.
We understand the pilots in Bucharest immediately refused the offer, while pilots in Madrid are expected to have a vote imposed. We question this as their ERC representative is reportedly on holiday. It is therefore not clear who is organising this vote on behalf of the company. Pilots are questioning the legality of this process, as allegedly a non-ERC pilot, without any mandate from Madrid pilots, has been engaged with management in the preparation of this deal.
The Interim EERC would like to offer a closer look at some of the elements surrounding the deal proposed to Madrid base. You are reminded that it will only cover the minority of pilots who are directly employed under permanent Irish contracts. Our brief analysis will help pilots to make an informed decision.
- The offered time frame to respond (October 20th to reply to management, 72 hours to vote set by non-elected ERC) is a deliberate tactic to force pilots into making a rushed decision without due time to seek external advice.
- The proposed deal maintains the cliff edge nature of previous deals – with no guarantees of terms and conditions being legally protected.
- History suggests that management will use any tools available to them to ensure a reduction in terms for the next base agreement.
- The proposed deal requires pilots to continue to be employed under Irish contracts, which continues all of the uncertainty regarding pilots social rights and obligations, especially following the recent ruling in the European Court of Justice.
- The increased incentive for pilots to work on their days off and assist solving management’s self-admitted failures in pilot scheduling is only applicable until Spring 2018. Where are the permanent solutions to make sure pilots see Ryanair as a career airline? How will management ensure sufficient pilot numbers in the future, to avoid further flight disruptions affecting our passengers?
- Madrid pilots have signed the 2 letters sent to management requesting, among other things, for negotiations to be handled through a central body of pilots assisted by external professional advisors. Why haven’t management listened to their pilots and respected their wishes? Is the way this deal was “negotiated” and presented to Madrid pilots a sign of a respectful and fair bargaining process?
- Why is a pay deal even offered right now? There is a base agreement in place in Madrid until 2021. Will these patch fixes, riddled with fine print clauses and conditions, really address the problem of skilled and professional pilots leaving the airline? Or is this just a disrespectful attempt at breaking up the unity among the pilot workforce?
- If these offers can simply replace the existing base deals that were due to be in place until 2021, what will prevent the company from imposing new, less favourable deals next year if things go quiet for them?
The interim EERC strongly urges all Madrid pilots eligible to vote, to use their democratic right to show management, and anyone running management’s errands, that Ryanair pilots are united, and will only engage with management in accordance with the conditions set out in the 2 letters signed by pilots in some 60 bases.
Do this by voting NO to the offered base agreement.
The Interim EERC