We’ve taken the liberty to address you directly as we believe that what we have to discuss is of great importance for the future of all Ryanair pilots.
First of all we would like to thank you for your work during the past weeks. We know that you have all invested a lot of time and effort during your free time (we know this because we are doing the same.)
As we have endeavoured to explain in the EERC Update letters on pilots-unite.com, the Interim EERC is made up by Ryanair pilots, just like yourself. The main reason we organised ourselves into a smaller group was to try and achieve more rapid progress on the matters and to propose them back to the ERC FR EUROPE chat group for more focused discussion. Also, we identified that while some ERCs were very ambitious and active, others hardly contributed any input. This is normal, as people have varied levels of ambition, interest and time available for the work that’s necessary to achieve what the pilots of 60 bases set out to do with their 2 letters to management.
The requests of letter 2 were very specific, and they deserve to be highlighted again, which are our shared strategic goals:
• Permanent local contracts – following national laws and rights.
• Co-ordination between regional pilot teams – recognised as negotiating partners.
• Benchmarking of conditions with regional competitor airlines to stem the exit of pilots.
• New contracts, properly negotiated, by 01 Jan 2018 – with agreed interim arrangements if negotiations are delayed.
• Pilots are pilots – they will therefore have their own professional assistance for any negotiation
The memo letter from Michael O’Leary on Thursday October 5th has been met with outrage amongst Ryanair Pilots. We started this movement because more experienced pilots are leaving the airline than can be replaced. The favourable ECJ ruling has also helped. Management showed us their cards (for the first time ever) by letting the pilot shortage force mass cancellations. Does anyone really think that a short term pay deal is going to stop pilots wanting to leave Ryanair? It may make some pilots happier who never intended on leaving, but it will not persuade any pilot to stay with unacceptable conditions in their contracts and workplace. That’s what we have said in our first two letters. It appears the company is not listening.
To us, the company approach sounds like another short term fix, dressed up as a great pay deal, that doesn’t actually solve the problem that is causing mass cancellations of flights. More importantly, it is not in line with the clear demands the pilot body has already set out for the company.
In order to deal with the current development, as well as the future challenges that will surely arise, we are proposing that the ERCs organise EMERGENCY votes in their respective bases to decide on which of the following ways forward will best enable the pilots to achieve our shared goals as well as responding to the letter from the CEO:
1. The ERCs seek to organise themselves in the ERC FR EUROPE chat group, and others, and endeavour to create a functioning representation body made up of current ERCs, to interact and negotiate directly with the company. This would be accomplished by hosting elections of volunteering ERCs from across the network to become the face of the movement, with the risks involved to the individual as no guarantees are available from management of immunity for actions in an organised Pan-European ERC.
2. The pilot body supports the Interim EERC and give them a mandate to speak for the joint ERCs. The interim EERC will remain anonymous for the moment until acceptable assurances are provided by the company, but will continue to work with the ERCs and to reflect the wishes of a majority of the pilot body. The work of the Interim EERC will be in accordance with the two letters sent to management as well as the EERC Update messages on pilots-unite.com and in the spirit of unity. A statement from the Interim EERC in response to Mr. O’Leary’s letter will be released as soon as a strong mandate is secured.
The Interim EERC asks the ERCs to organise a vote in their respective bases as for the two letters sent to management, using the ERC discussion groups for organisation and deliver a response to firstname.lastname@example.org before Sunday October 8th at 20.00z. We acknowledge that this is a shorter than ideal time frame, but the company is pushing to break the unity of the ERCs through their offers of individual base deals and the issues at hand are of such a serious nature that swift action is essential.
We would like to ask that the ERCs turn this email into a pdf file to be distributed in the ERC FR EUROPE for those ERCs that are not in our contact database.
We again thank you for your contributions thus far, and wish a bright future for yourselves as well as all other Ryanair pilots.
The Interim EERC