LONDON — Ryanair has signed an agreement this week with the UK-based trade union Unite regarding the recognition of the trade union to being the official place to go regarding disputes for their UK-based cabin crew.
This comes following the agreements made between ANPAC and ANPAV for the same recognition deals for Italian cabin crew.
Ryanair signed an agreement with UK trade union Unite, which will recognise them as the official trade union for the airline's UK-based cabin crew. This comes following last week's news of the carrier signing deals with ANPAC and ANPAV in Italy for union recognition. #AvGeek pic.twitter.com/YkYhuTmRAN
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UK cabin crew are an important element to Ryanair’s operations, with the cabin crew in the UK accounting for 25% of the total Ryanair fleet. This agreement is key to keeping the workers happy so then no British workers are likely to undergo strike action as we have seen over the past 12-18 months.
Eddie Wilson, Ryanair’s Chief People Officer commented on this milestone:
“We are pleased to sign this cabin crew recognition agreement with Unite the Union in the U.K. This is a further sign of the progress Ryanair is making with trade unions since our December 2017 decision to recognize them. We hope to announce further agreements over the coming weeks, in those countries where unions have approached these negotiations in a practical and positive manner. We are making less progress in some smaller countries where minor issues (such as days off for union officials) are unnecessarily delaying agreements. However, as this growing number of pilot and cabin crew recognition agreements confirms, we are making progress and confounding those
We are making less progress in some smaller countries where minor issues (such as days off for union officials) are unnecessarily delaying agreements. However, as this growing number of pilot and cabin crew recognition agreements confirms, we are making progress and confounding those skeptics who claimed that our December 2017 decision was not real or genuine. We look forward to working closely with both Unite the Union, and their Company Council to address issues of concern to our UK based cabin crew.”
Continued Cooperation with the Unions
The carrier also said that they look “forward to working with Unite the Union and its Ryanair (Cabin Crew) Company Council to conclude an early CLA for Ryanair’s directly employed cabin crew based in the UK”. Ryanair’s agreements are cementing the view among the workforce that they are now starting to support worker’s rights.
Many documentaries such as Dispatches on the UK’s Channel 4 highlighted how little care there was for the workers such as poor working conditions, lack of basic training etc. Now they are taking a step in the right direction and will be able to provide the rights that their employees need.