Following a series of talks over several months on a new collective agreement for Ryanair pilots, Fórsa has decided to refer a number of what it says are ‘priority issues’ to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
The union advised the airline that the issues have been referred to the WRC because negotiations have been “fully exhausted”, in line with Fórsa’s November 2021 industrial relations agreement with the airline.
In a letter to Ryanair last week (5th October), Fórsa assistant general secretary Ian McDonnell said the outstanding issues referred to the WRC were as follows:
- The implementation date of the new Collective Agreement (CLA).
- The inclusion of proper pay increases to combat spiralling inflation of almost 10%
- The date, timing and methodology of restoration to pre-Covid pay and conditions
- The structure, quantum and assimilation methodology onto a new pay scale.
Ian said these issues are priority items that must achieve a final agreement before any collective agreement could be concluded with the airline: “The union has had a series of discussions with the airline over the last seven months on behalf of our IALPA members working with Ryanair.
“Until these issues are resolved satisfactorily, it really won’t be possible to finalise a new collective agreement. While Ryanair want to achieve cost certainty over the next few years, we can’t have a situation develop where pay is too slow returning to pre-Covid levels, or where pay is systematically eroded by inflation during the term of any agreement.
“The process has, in accordance with our industrial relations agreement with Ryanair, run its course on these issues, and we look forward to making progress on them once we’re in to a process facilitated by the WRC,” he said.
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