Ryanair hopes to reach an agreement with its workers in Spain before the end of the year

Ensures that he will pay taxes in Spain and the contracts will be under Spanish legislation by 2019

Ryanair is confident of reaching an agreement with its pilots and cabin crew (TCP) in Spain before the end of the year, as the company has accepted its main demands to be subject to Spanish legislation and pay and pay social security contributions. Spain, which with almost total probability will begin to be launched at the beginning of 2019.

The Irish airline says the company has decided to be “pragmatic and rational” and accept requests from both pilots and cabin crew (TCP), although in the first of the groups the agreement seems closer.

An opinion that differs with the one of the unions that last Friday denounced a blockade of the negotiations on the part of the company. The Sepla has taken the issue to the National High Court while the USO and Sitpla unions of TCP have threatened new strikes if their demands are not admitted.

Ryanair, the largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the one that carries the most passengers in Spain, says it wants to reach an agreement “as soon as possible” and trusts that the transition is “a matter of months”, so it can be produced in the first months of 2019.

However, the airline says that this change in contracts will not be easy since changes have to be made in Irish legislation. “The transition is not simple and will take time,” said the company’s marketing director, Jenny Jacobs, at a press conference on Tuesday in Madrid.

In the case of pilots, he points out that the offer they have made covers their main requests: local contracts and submitting to local jurisdiction at the beginning of 2019, better salaries for pilots, promotion of captain in three years, better rotations, listings of national antiquity, transfers, holidays and just promotions, as well as first level training.

To the TCP, Ryanair claims to have offered local contracts and local jurisdiction in early 2019, competitive salaries, promotions after the first year, better rotations, more direct contracts and less per agency, grant of 400 euros per year to cover uniforms or expenses doctors as well as free first level training.

STRIKES AFFECT CREDIBILITY

The company recognizes that the strikes have affected the credibility of the company, but not the operation because 90% of the flights operated normally during the strikes. So he hopes to recover the confidence of the passengers and not damage the business.

“The company has decided to accept union demands without ceasing to be profitable,” admitted the manager who added that although they have increased fuel costs and personnel the company continues to lower rates because they defend their business model.

The company, which insists on its commitment to Spain, announced on Tuesday a total of 36 new routes from our country for next summer, which exceeds 600 routes in total. With this, they hope to reach 48.3 million passengers in the year, 3% more.

Of the 36 new connections, eleven are destined for the United Kingdom, six for Italy, five for Morocco, four for France, two for Spain (Seville-Alicante, Seville-Fuerteventura), and a new route to Ireland, Hungary, Ukraine, Luxembourg, Portugal and Poland.

Positive forecasts despite recognizing a certain “cooling in Spanish tourism” so it asks the authorities to promote new destinations, greater price competitiveness while keeping tourist prices low, as well as greater diversification both season and customers. “Low taxes and fees attract airlines, and cheap routes and tickets attract travelers,” he said.

The airline’s total traffic grew 11% in September to reach 13.7 million passengers with an occupancy rate of 97%. And all this despite the fact that he had to cancel about 400 flights in that month due to the strikes of pilots and cabin crew. “We do not want more strikes, we want to keep flying and have satisfied customers,” Jacobs concluded.

THE UNITED CALLING UNIONS

For its part, the European trade unions calling for the cabin crew strike (TCP) in six European countries have assured today that “any attempt to separate them” by Ryanair through agreements with “friendly unions”, will fail because they are united in the cause to get the airline to accept the national legislations and the representatives elected by the workers.