Latest ERC letter to management

To: Mr Michael O’Leary CC: Mr Mick Hickey
Mr Ray Conway
Mr Declan Ryan

Mr Diarmuid Rogers Dear Managers,

27/09/2017

The pilot body sent a communication to you through our new email address ercunity@gmail.com. We requested a response by Friday morning at 10.00Z. Our letter sought to progress matters as quickly as possible to ease the concerns and difficulties of our passengers. Unfortunately we did not receive a

response to our letter, and passengers continue to be disrupted by flight cancellations.

You should note that the ERCs have decided that we will communicate collectively with the company through this new email address (ercunity@gmail.com), from which you received our letter. We ask you to respect the wishes of the pilot body on how we will represent ourselves. We also remind Mr O’Leary in particular, that he has no mandate to speak on our behalf. We are happy to speak for ourselves, and we expect the company to show us the basic respect of listening to us.

We were disappointed to hear the CEO at press conferences before the weekend speak in a negative and disparaging way about pilots. Respect for our passengers, and now respect for pilots, is at the heart of our present difficulties. The disrespect shown to both passengers and pilots by company management has not and will not help to solve our shared problems at the moment. The pilot body has proactively offered to help resolve the company difficulties, but the simple and clear requests we made seem to have been ignored. To be clear, we state them again in a simple format, so they can be listened to and understood.

  1. Permanent local contracts – following national laws and rights.
  2. Co-ordination between regional pilot teams – recognised as negotiating partners.
  3. Benchmarking of conditions with regional competitor airlines to stem the exit of pilots.
  4. New contracts, properly negotiated, by 01 Jan 2018 – with agreed interim arrangements ifnegotiations are delayed.
  5. Pilots are pilots – they will therefore have their own professional assistance for any negotiations.
  1. Pilots want Ryanair to succeed and thrive. They want to minimise cancellations and will support as much as possible every effort to achieve this stability.
  2. Pilots will surrender some of their leave to help resolve the current problems, but only in the context of the changes outlined above.

We again state that pilots are not the enemy of the company. We are entirely for the company, but we believe the contract arrangements for pilots need to change – immediately. We have offered positive and constructive steps to do that. The company has tried to offer money to selected bases which is not helpful in the current situation. We will not accept the company’s historical approaches to dividing the pilot body. We will speak with one voice and we ask you, the company management, to respect us and our independence, as you should show to all of our other work colleagues. To solve the problems we now face will require a different management attitude and mindset than the ones that created the problems in the first place.

We again request an urgent response to our proposals to address the current difficulties and would like to

open constructive discussions with the company as soon as possible.

Approved and signed by ERC or representing pilot of|:

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