Ryanair has announced the signing of a recognition agreement with the union Unite as representative body of the cockpit crew (TCP) that employs in the United Kingdom, a market that represents approximately 25% of its fleet.
This is the second recognition agreement signed by the Irish low-cost company, following the agreements reached this month with the unions ANPAC and ANPAV in Italy, representing the Ryanair flight attendant group based in Italy, which It was the first agreement of the Irish airline with the TCP.
In a statement, Europe’s largest low-cost airline has said it is looking forward to working with Unite and its newly-elected works council on Ryanair, with the aim of closing an agreement for flight attendants that it employs in the United Kingdom.
Ryanair announced in December 2017, after the massive cancellation of flights due to an error in the planning of vacations of its pilots, that would accept to recognize the unions with the aim of reaching collective agreements.
At the end of January, the Irish ‘low cost’ officially recognized the British Airlines Pilot Association (Balpa), the first union that it recognized in its 32-year history, after the problems derived from its lack of planning in the programming of the vacations.
TRY TO CLOSE MORE AGREEMENTS IN THE NEXT WEEKS
The executive stressed that the company continues to “make progress” in smaller countries and trusts to announce new agreements in the coming weeks, once positions are approached positively in the framework of the negotiation.
The unions of TCP of several countries in Europe, including Spain, have given the Irish airline until June 30 as the deadline to reach an agreement and avoid a strike. They will meet again in Dublin on the 3rd and 4th of July, before downloading a mobilization calendar throughout Europe.
DEADLINE, JUNE 30
These are the Spanish unions USO and Sitcpla, the Belgian CNE / LBC and the Portuguese SNPVAC, which threaten to go on strike in summer if the low-cost airline “does not comply with the legislation” of each country in which it operates and applies the same conditions for the entire group of flight attendants – either from the company itself or hired by ETT or agencies -.
In Spain, the negotiations with the Sepla to sign a first collective agreement had now been frozen, despite the progress made at the beginning of the year. The pilots have opted to denounce Ryanair before the courts so that the ‘false self-employed’ can join the squad.
Ryanair employs approximately 700 pilots in our country, according to the calculations made by the Sepla union, and about 1,700 TCP in the dozen bases that the first ‘low cost’ in Europe has in our country. Precisely, in Spain is where it has more presence, being also the second European country with more bases and pilots of the entire network of the company.