Ryanair Balpa Agreement

April 12th, 2021 8:26 am

“We look at 20% of the highest paid captains, 5% of the lowest paid cabin crew, and we think that if we can negotiate these pay cuts by mutual agreement, we can avoid most, but not all, job losses. A vote by British Airways pilots was reached today following the dispute over payment and conditions. Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), employed by BA, voted by almost 9 to 1 in favour of the final agreement, proposed by acas and recommended by BALPA and its BA representatives. Balpa (The British Airline Pilots Association) is calling on EU and UK negotiating teams to quickly reach an aviation agreement at the next talks. During the post-Brexit transition period until the end of 2020, Britain and the EU will have to negotiate new trade deals or not apply WTO rules. However, there are no WTO air transport rules and, therefore, the UK and the EU must reach an agreement on air transport, no matter what else. The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has agreed to a four-year contract for Ryanair`s British pilots, which includes a 20% reduction in wages over four years, improved productivity on working boards, flexible work arrangements and annual leave to minimise job losses for British pilots. This rapid progress in the UNITED Kingdom stands in stark contrast to some other EU countries where we are still waiting for a response to our proposals for recognition and where some unions have failed to pay these significant pay increases to our pilots. We are now asking these unions to stop wasting time and act quickly to pay our pilots a 20% pay increase in February, and to enter into formal recognition agreements on which they are currently seated. Ryanair will not allow these unions to delay the wage increases for our pilots.

In Dublin, for example, where only 35% of our drivers have not yet received this pay increase, we have warned that if these drivers refuse/do not organise themselves, we will hold a vote among only 35% of our Dublin drivers on this pay increase before 31 January. “This agreement provides Ryanair with a framework to ease its operations during the COVID 19 crisis and a way to recover if business returns to normal in the coming years,” the airline said in a statement. Ryanair confirmed today (30 January) that it has signed a formal recognition agreement with BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association), which will now be the only Ryanair pilots` representative body in the UK. Balpa has called on the government to clarify Brexit to the aviation industry.

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