Major action was taken today when the Stansted pilot body voted to reject the pay deal offered by Ryanair management in a 60% to 40% majority.
Citing the refusal of management to enter meaningful negotiations with the pilots and the lack of guarantees for the terms offered, the largest pilot group in the Ryanair network has denied the chance for Ryanair management to ram a bad deal down the throats of the pilot body.
Well done and congratulations to all Stansted pilots who have taken the brave step to take back the terms of their own futures and in so doing have cleared the way for other, more vulnerable bases to do the same! You make us proud!
So what are the next steps? Above all else, stay united and focused! We have a long way to go but look at what we have achieved in this short space of time.
- The European Court of Justice ruled against Ryanair’s application of the law regarding its use of Irish contacts.
- The Chief Operating Officer has lost his job.
- Despite denying there’s a Pilot shortage Ryanair are desperately contacting pilots via telephone, email, LinkedIn and other social media outlets begging pilots to come back or join.
- Michael O’Leary publicly admitted he was at fault for the flight cancellation debacle.
- After insulting his pilots (again) at a high profile press conference, he agreed for the first time that salaries may be “on the low side”.
- Michael O’Leary privately apologises to his staff.
- Italy has announced the start of strike action.
- Spanish cabin crew have formed a union.
- The company initially makes a quick offer of a few thousand euro on a “take it or leave it” basis. This arrogant and dismissive stance changes to an offer to pilots to reach out and discuss.
- When pilots do not reach out, Ryanair starts phoning bases to arrange meetings regardless.
While there is a marked shift in management’s attitudes, there have been no guarantees of any legally binding changes to pilot contracts and without that, all of their talk means nothing!
It is clear we are forcing change!
Things are going to get more contentious now that management has fallen at their largest base! We need to stay focuses, strong, dedicated, UNITED!
Thank you Madrid! Thank you Stansted! We continue the battle!
[Click here for independent voting report – attachment 1]