Imelda Munster TD calls on Ryanair to work with unions for the sake of intending passengers
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has called on Ryanair to drop the “macho attitude” and work with unions to resolve the long-standing issues raised by staff.
Pilots have today resumed strike action at the company and cabin crew in several European countries are preparing to commence strike action.
Deputy Munster said:
“This is an ideological issue at Ryanair. The company is incapable of treating its staff and their union representatives with respect.
“What the pilots are seeking will not cost Ryanair a large amount of money.
“They are just unwilling to work with unions on any matter, and that, coupled with their poor treatment of staff over many years, has led to this industrial action this summer.
“Ryanair must acknowledge its responsibility to its staff. Ryanair cabin crew have reported shocking work conditions at the company.
“Ryanair should consider awarding basic dignities to cabin crew, such as a living wage, stable rosters and ending the practice of sales targets being linked to disciplinary procedures.
“Other airlines manage to do their business without the large volume of grievances from staff experienced at Ryanair.
“These matters are easily remedied. It is not rocket science.
“Ultimately it is the passengers who will lose out in all this. Ryanair has had a dreadful year in relation to cancellations of flights.
“The company needs to treat its staff and passengers with respect and resolve these issues as soon as possible, instead of prolonging them.”