There were massive turn-outs for the meetings that took place in Stansted and Dublin. Here is a rough guide to what happened, taken from the whatsapp groups. A more detailed and structured account will follow as they are collated.
Update from the Dublin Base
IALPA was present at two Dublin meetings today. The meetings were very well attended, exceeding expectations. The support was hugely positive.
The main message from IALPA was unity.
These are unprecedented times, and never before have the pilots had such opportunity to change their lives, or the lives of the pilots coming after them, for the better.
Captain Evan Cullen, President of IALPA, addressed the pilots on an informal basis. Captain Cullen explained the history of IALPA and its affiliations with different associations like the ECA. Much of Captain Cullen’s presentation centered on explaining industrial relations procedures and employment law.
Capt. Cullen also advised about social media like WhatsApp and the need for us all to be careful in what we say. As we make great progress it’s important that we all make sure that we don’t say things that are libellous. Otherwise fire ahead and use the medium to our benefit.
The achievements of the pilots thus far have been tremendous, but we have to stay strong and stay focused. It takes one weak link to put all our hard work in jeopardy. We must be unified before all else!
The phrase by IALPA president was “Unified you negotiate, divided you beg”.
Be assured, the Dublin base is strong and united.
Update from the Stansted Base
BALPA were briefed about the formation of a single European ERC. This aims to get all the ERCs to stand their ground against the divide and conquer technique we all know so well.
BALPA’s main message was that what our pilot groups are doing is brilliant. Beyond anything that a union could do. Unions can certainly offer legal advice and in the long term perhaps the potential of recognition. But Ryanair have many defences against that. They do not have defences against a pilot body standing strong together, and this is why it’s both brilliant and fragile at the same time. Ultimately it depends on all the pilots refusing to be bribed or coerced. At the same time, everyone has their price. Ryanair would rather chuck 200k at a pilot group than agree to proper collective bargaining. So it all hangs on the weakest link.
National executive council and the board at BALPA are meeting this week to discuss increasing the resources for Ryanair pilots. BALPA said not to focus on union membership as that will come as a result of unity.
The media should be used to their full potential. BALPA have a media department and they will help communicate our goals. It was the opinion of BALPA that the people we put into the STN ERC were “bullet proof”.
Most important thing is that the entire pilot body stands shoulder to shoulder united.