Ryanair pilots reject cash offer

by Ben Pena September 22, 2017, 0:12
Ryanair pilots reject cash offer

He dismissed talk of possible industrial action, including reported plans for a work-to-rule, saying: "There isn't a union".

Ryanair Holdings Plc (RYA.L, RYAAY) pilots have rejected a cash bonus offered to them by the airline in exchange for cancelling their leave as the airline grapples with massive flight cancellations.

He said any that were due to take a four-week break in the next few months could be forced under the terms of their contract to delay one of those weeks until January.

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said: "It seems Ryanair has been just about scraping through the summer schedule and having no flexibility in the system, coupled with a miscalculation of pilot annual leave, has led to this disastrous situation".

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary admitted for the fist time today that his airline cancelled nearly 2,000 flights because it doesn't have enough pilots, leading angry shareholders to criticise his "gung-ho management attitude".

He told the AGM that the offer applied to pilots at London Stansted, Dublin, Frankfurt and Berlin airports.

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Ryanair decided last weekend to cancel 50 flights a day for a six-week period after a shift to counting staff flying hours over a calendar year meant too many of its pilots hit their maximum allocation.

O'Leary added that they are compensating for the rebooking of flights for their passengers who are eligible to receive compensation based on the European passenger rights legislation. More serious was a less-noticed European Court of Justice ruling on September 14th which decreed that low-priced airlines' employment disputes with crew must go to local labour courts in all the countries where airlines have bases (Irish labour law is broadly more flexible).

Earlier today, Independent.ie learned that pilots at 33 Ryanair bases across Europe have now demanded improved working and employment conditions from the airline's management.

Such moves "should help stop the large number of colleagues who are leaving for "greener pastures" the letter said.

Ryanair said that by the end of this week, it expects to have re-accommodated, or authorised refund requests, to over 95 percent of the 315,000 customers affected by these cancellations.


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