Latest stunt by Ryanair ‘absolutely shameful’ – Munster
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has today criticised the decision by Ryanair to issue three hundred members of Dublin-based staff with letters of protective notice, as part of a plan cut its Dublin fleet by 20% from October.
Deputy Munster said:
“This smacks of bully-boy tactics.
“The timing of this latest move is quite interesting. It comes in a week where Ryanair threatened that the various planned strikes at the company would lead to job losses and in a week where the company published pilots’ payslips. Today, Fórsa representatives were due to meet to discuss the next steps in the industrial action.
“As we know, around 100 Irish-based pilots are on strike and today’s announcement was that 100 pilots would be put on protective notice. I sincerely hope that there is no correlation between the two matters, as if there was, that would be illegal.
“Industrial action at the company is escalating and appears to be spreading. Cabin crew in four European countries commenced strike action today. I cannot imagine that conditions for its Dublin-based cabin crew are significantly better than they are for cabin crew in European countries.
“Ryanair is blaming pilot strikes for a drop in consumer confidence. Equally, this could be due to the cancellation of thousands of flights before Christmas due to Ryanair’s mismanagement of rosters.
“If Ryanair worked with unions to ensure that pay and conditions are satisfactory for both cabin crew and pilots, I am sure they will notice the benefits for staff, passengers, and the smooth-running of the business.
“I am urging Ryanair to cut the macho posturing, and address the issues that have been affecting staff for many years now.”