Jan 30, 2018

Ryanair pilots win UK union recognition

Ryanair has agreed to recognise a union to represents its 600 UK-based pilots for the first time. "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," he said. Eddie Wilson, the airline's chief people officer, said: "The fact that we have delivered pay rises of up to 20% and union recognition for our pilots in our largest market shows how serious Ryanair is about working constructively with unions that are willing to work constructively with us." The union recognition follows a torrid period for Ryanair, which cancelled thousands of flights late last year in the wake of a pilot shortage sparked by rota issues. In October, Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary wrote to its pilots offering them better pay and conditions to stay with the airline.

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