BALPA - British Airline Pilots Association

09/19/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/19/2019 05:45

Ryanair reverts to type and starts threatening pilots with withdrawal of benefits

Release date: 19/09/2019

UK Ryanair pilots have been told by the airline that benefits will be removed should they take part in current strike action, which started yesterday.
Ryanair members of the British Airline Pilots Association strike action totals seven more days (18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th and 29th September 2019).
Since the first round of action in August, BALPA says Ryanair continues to refuse ACAS talks and appears to have no interest in bringing the dispute to a conclusion.
BALPA still hopes to meet with Ryanair tomorrow (20th September 2019) or on Monday 23rd September, but as yet still haven't heard from them.
BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:
'It takes an extraordinarily intransigent employer to refuse to take part in an entirely voluntary, non-binding ACAS process from which each side can withdraw at any time. Given that neither side has anything to lose from ACAS conciliation, what on earth is Ryanair frightened of?
'Instead of seeking to resolve the current impasse via negotiation, Ryanair seems hell bent on prolonging the dispute by threatening pilots with the removal of staff travel benefits and inflated and draconian deductions from salary.'