Ryanair's Director of Personnel, Eddie Wilson said:Quote
"The only reason why BALPA is "temporarily suspending" this campaign is because they know that they will lose. BALPA don't want to lose another secret ballot on recognition, because that will mean they can't have another go at Ryanair for a minimum period of three years.
"Perhaps now would be a good time for BALPA - the British Airways Lunching Pilots Association - to accept that Ryanair's UK pilots have better pay, better terms and conditions and better rosters than the pay cuts and job losses being negotiated by BALPA at many other British airlines. This is why Ryanair's UK pilots don't need and don't want the "help" of a failed BA pilots union, which last year spent four times more on lunches, conferences, entertainment and travel (£886,000) than they did on legal fees defending their members (£191,000).
"This is another humiliating defeat for the British Airways Lunching Pilots Association, coming 8 years after they lost the last secret ballot on trade union recognition by a majority of over 4 to 1 against. At least this latest failure of BALPA's recognition campaign will give them more time for lunches, and they can spend even less money defending their members interests in British Airways, Virgin, Thomson-Fly and all the other UK airlines where BALPA are negotiating pay cuts and job cuts. So it's Bye Bye BALPA - yet again!!"
Eddie you seem to forget since 2005 the Ryanair Chase sponsored race at Cheltenham Festival has spent over £1.5 Million in prize money for 6 five minute races.Over the same period £2.1 Million has been spent on court cases libel and employment issues,which makes £3.6 Million which could have gone to Ryanair's Europe's lowest waged Probationary Cabin Crew who will suffer yet again this Christmas.....