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Ryanair ultimatum is no way to do business

Following on today’s reports that Ryanair is telling office staff not to come back to work, the pilots union BALPA said they had received an ultimatum from the company to accept swingeing cuts in pay and conditions or face job losses. BALPA said it would not be blackmailed.

Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary, said “Ryanair pilots recognise that the airline has to restructure to meet the immediate short term and the post COVID long term which led to their recent announcement of up to 3000 potential job losses.

“However they have asked our members to accept 20% pay cuts and detrimental changes to terms and conditions for five years or threatened 320 UK pilot jobs.

“This kind of ultimatum is not the way to do business so we have insisted Ryanair conduct a formal consultation with us. We will be looking to mitigate the threat to jobs and any short term survival savings must be restored as Ryanair comes out of this Coronavirus crisis.”