Posted on: 27 November 2015 by Ross McSweeny
After holding a European Works Council meeting in Dublin, Ryanair has announced it has concluded five year pay agreements with all 76 of its pilot bases across Europe.
The airline has now commenced a similar process with its cabin crew, with over 90% of its two largest bases (Dublin and London Stansted airports) voting in a secret ballot to accept the proposed five year deals.
Details of the five year pay deal for cabin crew include guaranteed pay and allowance increases each year over the next 4 years, improved fixed rosters with 5 days on, 3 days off, improved sickness benefits, new cabin crew uniforms and more promotion opportunities as Ryanair embarks on an eight year, 400 aircraft acquisition programme.
New cabin crew negotiations will now commence at all of Ryanair’s other cabin crew bases.
Ryanair’s chief people officer, Eddie Wilson, averred, “The last 10 months has been an extremely busy period for Ryanair’s people. Not alone have we rolled out year 2 of our ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, while delivering increased load factors and industry leading traffic growth, but we have also been working hard behind the scenes to negotiate and conclude improved pay and condition deals for all our frontline teams.
“The fact that Ryanair is continuing to use our improving financial performance to improve the pay and conditions of our frontline people underlines the long standing success of Ryanair’s collective bargaining model, which continues to deliver improved pay and conditions as well as job security for our pilots and cabin crew at a time when their counterparts in other European airlines are facing job cuts, pay cuts or are engaged in industrial action.
“We are extremely proud that during the 30 year history of Ryanair, our customers have never been disrupted by a strike by Ryanair people. This is a record unmatched by any other European airline, and we trust that with these new improved 5 year pay deals, we can maintain that successful record until at least 2020,” Wilson concluded.