Ryanair pilots reject bonus cash and want new working contracts

 Thursday, September 21, 2017

RyanairRyanair pilots has discarded a cash bonus to work extra days after the Human Resource authorities of Ryanair has cancelled 2100 flights, as the airlines company has messed up with the crew holidays.



The pilot representatives from 17 of the company’s 80 or so European bases have told the higher recruitment management that most are not enthused. They want new contracts and better working conditions instead.




Ryanair is an Irish low cost airline company founded in 1984 and it had offered the captains a one-off payment of £12,000 or 12,000 euros, and first officers £6,000 or 6,000 euros.




But the letter said that the pilot market is changing, and Ryanair will need to change the ways which the pilots and management work together to ensure a stable and common future for everyone.




The no-frills Irish carrier is messing up to cope with a public relations disaster after it announced plans to cancel up to 50 flights a day until 31 October, citing a “mess-up” in how it schedules time off for pilots. This move by the management of Ryanair has affected 315,000 customers.




In the letter, it is stated that the working to rule would mean pilots refusing to help the airline by going beyond the terms of their contracts, which would involve working days off, arriving for shifts early or even answering company calls when they are not at work.




The pilots have been encouraged on by colleagues the flying for rival European and American airlines, amid concern that Ryanair is leading a “race to the bottom” that has seen terms and conditions watered down across the industry.




The letter is a response to Chief operations officer of Ryanair, Michael Hickey, who this week offered a tax free bonus of up to £12,000 to pilots willing to give up time off in an effort to avoid further cancellations.




The letter is also opposing the offer on six separate grounds, including that pilots must have worked 800 flight hours in a year to be eligible for the tax-free bonus.




Ryanair’s 4,200 pilots , out of which many of whom work as agency contractors – are not unionised, and could face the risk of being fired for taking such action.




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