Ryanair agrees to recognise British pilots union for first time

LONDON (Reuters) – Ryanair (RYA.I) stated it will permit Britain’s pilots’ affiliation to start out negotiating on points comparable to pay and holidays after the Irish finances airline recognised a commerce union for the primary time in its 32-year historical past.

Europe’s greatest finances airline was pressured final yr to recognise unions with a purpose to keep away from a Christmas strike, after it needed to cancel 20,000 flights earlier within the yr on account of a scarcity of standby pilots.

Ryanair thanked the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) for its constructive engagement and referred to as on others round Europe to comply with go well with.

“Given Ryanair’s previous hostility towards unions, today’s agreement is an historic one,” Brian Strutton, General Secretary of BALPA, stated in a press release.

“While we were initially sceptical about Ryanair’s sincerity in offering recognition to us and other unions, our conversations and meetings with them have shown that they are genuine in wanting a constructive trade union relationship.”

BALPA stated it will open an election for representatives amongst its members to steer negotiations with Ryanair on pay, holidays and the rostering of pilots. Issues with pilot rostering triggered final yr’s mass flight cancellations.

Ryanair is negotiating with different unions throughout Europe, who have demanded to fulfill collectively with Ryanair, saying that particular person talks had been unsatisfactory. The airline has to date refused these calls for,

“We now call on these unions to stop wasting time and act quickly to deliver 20 percent pay increases to our pilots in February, and conclude formal recognition agreements, which they are presently sitting on,” Eddie Wilson, chief individuals officer at Ryanair, stated in a press release.

Pilots in any respect Ryanair’s UK bases have voted to just accept Ryanair’s proposed pay improve, with pilots at Stansted approving the bundle earlier this month. Those votes had been separate to negotiations with BALPA.

BALPA’s Strutton additionally stated that he hoped Ryanair would be capable of agree offers with different European unions quickly.

“I am hopeful that this is (the) beginning of a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between BALPA and Ryanair and I urge Ryanair to agree deals with pilot unions in other countries and with cabin crew unions,” Strutton stated.

Reporting by Alistair Smout; enhancing by Kate Holton

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