Ryanair asks Irish pilots to bypass union and settle for pay enhance

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair has requested pilots in its home base in Dublin to bypass their commerce union and instantly settle for a pay rise – even because it holds talks with unions throughout Europe to formalise its shock resolution to recognise them.

Europe’s greatest funds airline was compelled final 12 months to recognise unions for the primary time in its 32-year historical past so as to keep away from a Christmas strike, after it needed to cancel 20,000 flights earlier within the 12 months because of a scarcity of standby pilots.

It made a breakthrough earlier this week when it secured a proper recognition settlement with British union BALPA, however unions in different nations, together with Ireland, have stated they aren’t proud of how the negotiations are continuing.

Now, within the newest signal of discord, the airline has accused Irish union FORSA/IALPA of deceptive pilots.

Ryanair says that the 65 % of pilots in Dublin not represented by a union have accepted the pay enhance, however that the 35 % represented by FORSA/IALPA had been refusing to take action.

“Ryanair has written to this 35 percent to allow them to individually accept these pay increases in February … due to IALPA’s refusal to hold a vote that they know they will lose,” Ryanair stated in a press release.

“We will not stand idly by while they (FORSA/IALPA) delay and mislead our Dublin pilots,” the assertion stated.

In a letter to pilots making the provide, Ryanair administration stated that FORSA/IALPA had not responded because it despatched a proper recognition settlement on Jan. three. The union denies this, saying it has despatched letters to administration on three events since then.

In a letter despatched on Wednesday seen by Reuters, FORSA/IALPA informed Ryanair that pilots at conferences had unanimously agreed to reject Ryanair’s pay provide except Ryanair confirmed that the acceptance wouldn’t prejudice future pay talks.

The pilots are additionally demanding that Ryanair agree that FORSA/IALPA be recognised because the unique physique for collective bargaining with Ryanair pilots primarily based in Ireland and that the airline’s system of agreements with particular person bases be terminated, the letter stated.

Unions from throughout Europe final week despatched a letter to Ryanair demanding a joint assembly with administration, a requirement the airline has refused.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Alison Williams

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