FRANKFURT – With Ryanair, passengers must first fear further attacks on German bases. The company has agreed with the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilot unions on the key points of a global tariff, which must now be negotiated.
By the end of February, wages and mantle rates will be maintained, which will then be applied until March 2023, as announced by both parties on Tuesday.
VC rate expert Ingolf Schumacher was optimistic that he could reach the desired agreement. "I'm very positive," he told the German news agency. The basic agreement was made with the help of the two conciliators Stefan Simon and Holger Dahl already on Friday.
For the cabin crew, Verdi had already signed a similar agreement in principle with Ryanair in November. Even here, the closer processing and the final run-off of the employees are still exceptional.
The largest European budget airline was hit in 2018 by alternating strikes by flight attendants and pilots in various European countries.
The former strictly anti-union company had declared in 2017 after a significant shortage of staff to work in the future with employee representatives. Previously, the Irish have been criticized for questionable work patterns and unfavorable working conditions.
The basic agreements reached with the German trade unions are now stipulated in Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Great Britain, Greece, Sweden, Belgium and Italy.
The more than 400 pilots stationed in Germany hit for the first time only a year ago, and in the current year they quit their jobs three times. Hundreds of failed flights.
Higher fixed salaries and German labor law
Now, among other things, basic salaries should increase significantly, partly to the detriment of variable salary components. Very young co-pilots could expect a doubling of their fixed salary to 50,000 euros a year, according to the collective bargaining committee's documents. For captains it should rise up to 33 percent, initially to 100,000 euros.
The bottom line is that there are slight increases in the overall salary, but these have not been quantified. Further annual increases up to the end of the period have already been agreed.
Ryanair has already implemented its announcement to hire the pilots deployed in Germany itself, said Schumacher. There was a lot of precarious work as fictitious self-employment, which was then assigned by human resources service providers to Ryanair.
From the end of February 2019, employment contracts will be converted into German law and the German tax law will be applied from April. Due to lower tax rates than Ireland, this increases the net salary of pilots.
Social regulations have also been found in the case of closures and transfers of stations, both sides have confirmed. This should also apply retroactively to the closed station in Bremen and to the reduced Weeze team on the Lower Rhine. Even on the formation of a cockpit board under the collective labor agreement, it was agreed, the VC said.
The change of law decided by the Federal Cabinet to facilitate the formation of factory councils for the flying personnel would not have waited.
The four collective agreements will have to be completed by the end of February (Salary and Mantle) and April 1, respectively. Until then, due to the agreed peace obligation, there will be no further strikes by pilots stationed in Germany.
Ryanair is the largest low-cost airline in Europe. It manages over 215 airports in 37 countries with its Boeing 737 and operates from 86 bases in Europe and North Africa. The highly profitable company employs approximately 14,500 people. In the financial year 2017/2018, Irish achieved a profit of 1.45 billion euros with a turnover of 7.15 billion euros.
For November, the Irish have recorded a new record with 10.4 million passengers. The employment rate was 96 percent.
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