Ryanair ties up "historic" agreement to recognise United Kingdom pilots' union

Ryanair ties up

Its general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: "Given Ryanair's previous hostility towards unions, today's agreement is an historic one".

During the period that the recognition negotiations were continuing with BALPA, the six remaining Ryanair UK Bases (including Stansted) voted - in secret ballot - to accept pay increases of up to 20pc, which had already been agreed by a majority (nine) of other UK bases. "While we were initially skeptical 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".

It follows the budget airline's announcement earlier this month that its 600 UK-based pilots had accepted pay increases of up to 20 per cent.

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's chief executive, has said the decision to recognise trade unions will not affect full-year profits guidance of €1.4bn to €1.45bn to the end of March 2018.

Mr Wilson added that the fact that the airline had "delivered pay rises of up to 20 per cent" and union recognition in its biggest market showed how serious the airline was about working constructively with labour groups.

The voluntary recognition deal will see the union's representatives involved in future negotiations on hours, holidays, pay and rostering.

Confirming the deal on Tuesday, the carrier said Balpa would now be the sole representative body for Ryanair-employed pilots in the United Kingdom, one of its biggest markets. BALPA will be representing all of Ryanair's 600 employed pilots based in the UK.

He told AFP: "The pilot flight cancellations have been a major catalyst with pilots seizing their key moment to negotiate and Ryanair recognising that something had to change".

The deal marks progress in Ryanair's effort to quell labor unrest and improve relations with pilots who threatened to strike a year ago to gain union recognition.

He said the rapid progress in the United Kingdom is in "marked contrast" to some other European Union countries where Ryanair is still waiting for a response to its recognition proposals. He continued: "Ryanair will not allow these unions to delay pay increases to our pilots". We are hopeful that this is the beginning of a strong and mutually beneficial relationship.



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