10 Jan 2012


Ryanair and Its Pilots: The REPA Dispute
In addition to using industrial relations legislation and the civil courts, the pilots union has been involved in a more innovative method of challenging Ryanair, through the creation of the Ryanair European Pilots Association (REPA). It was formed in 2004 with the support of the IALPA, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), and the European Cockpit Association, "with a view to ensuring that Ryanair pilot concerns will be taken seriously" (www.repaweb.org). The REPA does not formally
represent its members. Rather, its primary activity is to operate a Web site through
which Ryanair pilots can anonymously communicate with each other under different code names chosen by the pilots. Two code names that have been used are "ihateryanair" and "cantfly, wontfly." Ryanair’s response to the REPA Web site was aggressive, claiming the site was being used to intimidate pilots not to sign up to the retraining offer discussed earlier. In an attempt to force REPA to reveal the identities behind the code names, Ryanair initiated proceedings in the High Court and called the police to investigate. However, the High Court rejected Ryanair’s claims and concluded that pilots had not been bullied, intimidated, or isolated by other pilots or unions. In fact, the High Court turned the bullying allegation on Ryanair, when it described the conditions attached to the retraining of pilots as "most onerous" conditions that "bore all the hallmarks of oppression" (Irish Times 2006).
Ryanair and Its Pilots: Pay Raises for Nonunion Staff
In 2005, Ryanair announced a 3 percent pay raise but only to employees who did not
negotiate through unions. European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) official Erika Young said that the selective increase
borders almost on blackmail. Inferring that affiliation to a trade union is detrimental to the company’s profits is extremely misleading, given the success of other unionised low-fares and network carriers. (AFX News Limited 2005)
Ryanair personnel director Eddie Wilson said the increase applied to all staff who participated in the "direct negotiations" with the company, and as only Dublin-based pilots did not do so, they were left out. He argued that the pay increase "reinforces the strength of Ryanair’s model whereby people negotiate directly with the company and as a result enjoy better pay and conditions than our low-pay unionised competitors" (AFX News Limited 2005).

John said,
I have met Eddie terminator Wilson twice in Dublin in 2011 and he is a nasty bully....,but does not scare me...... Your day will come WILSON......

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