Despite Captain Imelda Comer’s declaration that the EERC is made up exclusively of Ryanair pilots, management have to date disregarded the will of the pilot body. The letter below was delivered to Michael O’Leary and Ryanair management on November 6, 2017. Another captain has stood up to counter the statements issued by Ryanair regarding the composition of the pilot-led EERC.
Mr Michael O’Leary
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Captain Terry O’Connor. I am based in Dublin and have worked for the company since 2005.
As I have resigned and am currently working my notice period I have been approached by the interim EERC to act as an intermediary. As previously stated by my colleague Captain Imelda Comer, the Interim EERC are reluctant to identify themselves until they receive assurances that they will not be singled out or victimised. I am putting myself forward as a conduit between Ryanair management and the interim EERC to enable effective communications to be established , which I believe will be of benefit to everyone in, and associated, with Ryanair.
Previously Captain Imelda Comer publicly confirmed that the EERC was made up exclusively of Ryanair pilots. She was dismissed by management as an independent contractor despite having flown Ryanair aircraft for 10 years. I am a permanent Ryanair employee, not a contractor, and I now confirm the exact same information as Captain Comer – the EERC is a group exclusively comprised of Ryanair pilots.
On Oct 30th a letter was hand delivered to Ryanair headquarters. In addition the letter was sent via email from the Dublin ERC, Shannon ERC and Cork ERC. As of today the ERC’s in Dublin, Cork and Shannon have not received a response.
It is particularly worrying that correspondence through two separate channels, hand delivery and normal emails, from recognised and established base ERC’s do not seem to have been delivered to you. The existing ERC structure of communications seems to have failed this time. To avoid any confusion, please find attached a copy of the letter from the Irish ERC, comprising the ERCs of Dublin, Cork and Shannon, for your information.
In the near future, the interim EERC will send you details of the Conditions and Pay Proposal that Ryanair pilots from across the bases network have contributed to developing. It will present a fair and balanced framework which will enable both pilots and management to enjoy a long and mutually beneficial relationship. We believe it will attract new colleagues, stem attrition rates, grow the company and renew passenger confidence in our brand. We look forward to hearing from you.
Captain Terry O’Connor
On behalf of the Interim EERC.