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Airplanes. Eca: historical agreement for Ryanair pilots and unions

The basis for the Transnational Pilot Group is laid

ECA (European Cockpit Association) unveiled today that:

"Ryanair pilots continue to write history –this time with the support and under the coordination of pilot associations from across Europe. A new ambitious protocol, setting up the Ryanair Transnational Pilot Group (RTPG), was adopted unanimously, on 17 March, during an ECA Conference in Luxembourg.

With this new protocol pilot associations and their Ryanair Company Councils join forces to achieve their aims, such as: direct permanent employment contracts subject to local law, equal & transparent career opportunities across the network, and effective collective representation for all airline's pilots regardless of country or base. The protocol also establishes the RTPG as being the primary carrier's pilot body for all transnational matters.
 
Since its cancellation crisis in Sept. 2017, a grassroots initiative of self-organising spread across Europe and led pilots to join trade unions in large numbers.They established official Company Councils, designed to facilitate and formalise negotiations in line with national legal and social requirements. For the first time, Ryanair pilots spoke up openly about their concerns and demands. Addressing their management as union members –as well as strike threats in several countries– finally ended three decades of union hostility in the airline.
 
The new RTPG will allow ECA Member Associations from across Europe and their Ryanair Company Councils to pool resources, legal, political and technical know-how, as well as decades of experience in constructive social dialogue and collective bargaining".
 

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