Ryanair and EasyJet are grounding most of their fleets, while BA owner IAG is to cut capacity by 75%. A Ryanair passenger plane is pictured at Dublin Airport in Ireland on March 23, 2020. In September 2020, it had operated about 53% of its regular schedule, with passenger numbers having fallen 64% to 5.1 million from 14.1 million in September 2019. Sign up now for a chance to win €100 of Amazon vouchers! Earlier this month, Ryanair said its passenger numbers for June had fallen by 97 percent. Its General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said in a statement yesterday; “The company is sitting on EUR4.1bn cash including this latest funding via the Bank of England, and its balance sheet is, in its own words, ‘one of the strongest in the … Ryanair this week reduced its capacity by a further 20 per cent for September and October after a reimposition of some travel restrictions hit bookings. Please note that The Portugal News may use selected comments in the printed edition of the newspaper. Issued on: 02/06/2020 – 17:52Modified: 02/06/2020 – 17:52. According to confidential documents seen by French media, Ryanair wrote to staff proposing wage cuts take effect from 1 July 2020. These capacity cuts and frequency reductions planned for the months of September and October 2020 are inevitable since there has been a notably weakened demand recently. Furthermore, the SNPVAC accuses the low-cost Irish airline of “continuing to toast us with its claims of disrespect to the country and its laws.”. Air traffic falls 80% due to the pandemic, and Ryanair's unions cannot seem to understand why an airline wants to continue making redundancies! Ryanair plans to cut significantly fewer jobs than the 3,000 it originally estimated, after 97 ... plastic surgeries’ in 2020. Read this week's issue online exactly as it appears in print. SNPNC-FO said it had also been given five days to agree or face having 27 out of 160 France-based cabin staff laid off. 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In a company statement last month, Ryanair blamed the “expected significant decline” in passenger traffic this year and accused European governments of distorting competition with “selected state aid doping” with €30bn bailout packages for rival airlines. +351 282 341 201, sales@theportugalnews.com Michael O’Leary blamed the “increasing likelihood of a no-deal Brexit in just 12 weeks’ time”, falling profits and fewer flights scheduled for next summer due to the […] Ryanair has doubled down on a veiled threat to cut jobs, by bringing in bankrupt Thomas Cook into an internal spat. The move comes as the airline cuts capacity over the winter season from 60% to 40% compared to last year. But BALPA is unmoved. Those who are already on legal minimum wages will have their hours reduced. Ryanair to close Cork, Shannon for winter, warns of further redundancies Airports and unions ‘devastated’ and ‘disappointed’ by news Thu, Oct 15, 2020, 07:39 Updated: Thu, Oct 15, 2020… (Cover: Ryanair plane is seen at Luton Airport as the number of coronavirus cases grow around the world London, Britain, March 17, 2020. In the statement, it says this process “is nothing more than a reprisal” to the crew members involved and “completely refutes” the argument that “there is an excess” of crew members at the bases in Portugal. McMahon and Hughes said the number of redundancies would depend on how winter booking fare and how much the pandemic disrupts travel next year. /Reuters) Your rights enshrined in Portuguese law?” reads the statement. According to confidential documents seen by French media, Ryanair wrote to staff proposing wage cuts take effect from 1 July 2020. The union also points out that it became aware that Ryanair resumed, on 1 December this year, the process of the collective dismissal of cabin crew at the base of Porto, which affected 23 people. Last week, the airline was declared the worst for refunding passengers for flights cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic. The airline is urging its pilots to … Under the procedure alternatives to mass redundancies first need to be explored. Sign up to the daily Business Today email, Ryanair planes at Dublin airport during the coronavirus crisis, Last week, the airline was declared the worst for refunding passengers. French flight crew have accused Ryanair of blackmailing them into taking pay cuts or losing their jobs. “Broadly speaking they [flight and cabin crew] recognise the grim situation we are in and they have been pragmatic.” This is mainly due to coronavirus restrictions in many European countries. Earlier a 20% pay cut for pilots and a 10% reduction for cabin staff had been mooted. Staff unions have accused the company of “redundancy blackmail” and acting like cowboys. If not, it said the company warned it would have “no choice” but to lay off 29% of its pilots and 27% of co-pilots in France. ... the airline is in the middle of a collective redundancy … However, these plans were revised in May 2020, when redundancy for one third of the full complement of 179 pilots and cabin crew was announced in response the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the union recalls, “once again”, that the airline, “could opt” for measures provided for by law, as it did in April and May, and that they would “mitigate their costs without having to resort to dismissal”. The company confirmed the proposed pay cuts and said it was in talks with French unions. Ryanair planned to assign 62 routes it operates to and from Malta to this new airline and there were plans to grow the network beyond that. On 5 December, in a written reply to Lusa, Ryanair regretted that the SNPVAC had not reached consensus onan agreement with the airline, stating that, for that reason, it had to move towards a collective redundancy. Fiodor Rilov, a lawyer for SNPNC-FO, said Ryanair’s proposals were “unacceptable”. 'Minimise losses' We may also share information with our advertising, analytics and … Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline, today (Fri 15 th May) confirmed it has reduced its office headcount in Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw by over 250 through a combination of probation/fixed term contract ends, resignations and redundancies, as these people will not be required to return to work on 1 June, when the Ryanair offices reopen, due to … France on Tuesday denounced as "blackmail" an ultimatum from low-cost carrier Ryanair for its French employees to choose between a five-year pay cut or a number of redundancies in an escalating labour dispute. Their management style is brutal. Of course, all passengers who have already made bookings for Ryanair flights will be notified in advance. In France, Ryanair operates from hubs including the Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux airports. +351 282 341 100 In the UK and the Republic of Ireland deals have been struck to maintain employment in return for wage cuts. By clicking “Yes, I agree”, you agree to Ryanair using cookies to improve your browsing experience, to personalise content, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. Headquartered in Ireland, Ryanair currently employs about 19,000 people who are working at 82 bases across Europe and part of North Africa. “The measures are reasonable and time limited and aimed at saving as many jobs as possible at a moment when all airlines in Europe are losing jobs to survive this unprecedented crisis,” Ryanair told RTL radio. He said the union would take legal action to force Ryanair to “respect French law”. newsdesk@theportugalnews.com, © 2021 The Portugal News - Established 1977 But the SNPNC-FO denounced the demand as "redundancy blackmail" and pointed out the proposed monthly salary for flight attendants is below France's minimum wage. The Irish airline, which has warned it may cut up to 3,000 jobs in Europe, told staff in France it was imposing 20% salary cuts for flight crew and 10% for attendants. Ryanair proposes redundancies and pay cuts or the sack Release date: 19/05/2020 The Irish airline Ryanair, which recently accepted £600m in funding from the Bank of England, today confirmed that it is proposing to make up to 336 pilots in the UK redundant. They have an advantage insofar as Ryan Air will always want to use Portugal airports for their tourist flights. Ryanair also proposed to pay new pilots and co-pilots the lower wages. Ryanair has 900 too many pilots and cabin crew, its chief executive has said in a video warning staff to prepare for job cuts in the coming weeks. Redundancies at Malta Air have been put off since June In May 2020, Ryanair Holdings announced pay cuts of up to 20%, unpaid leave, and up to 3,000 job losses across its airlines, including Ryanair, Ryanair UK, Buzz, Lauda, and Malta Air. However, the SNPVAC awaits the appointment of an audience requested by the Minister of Infrastructure, Pedro Nuno Santos, to denounce what it classifies as “authentic attack on a class”, as well as “the total collusion of regional and national institutions of this country, which allow a company that constantly tramples on the law, to be awarded incentives and subsidies, thus harming national companies that comply with the law”. UK) proves this. A Lisbon court has blocked an attempt by low-cost airline Ryanair to make six staff redundant from their jobs at the airline’s Lisbon base. Ryan Air do not give a damn about employee relations. Ryanair thinks it will be two years before travel gets back to 2019 levels. The lower wages would be progressively increased over the five years so flight crew would be paid their full current salaries by July 2025. Ryanair has warned 900 staff members that their roles are at risk, ... Ryanair redundancies: what the threatened job cuts for pilots and crew mean for customers ... 2020 … The judge, called the collective redundancies “illicit” on the […] Ryanair’s director of operations Neal McMahon said: “We haven’t finalised the number yet. It carried 400,000 passengers in June 2020 compared to 14.2 million in the same month 12 months earlier. “On the 13 November, after intense negotiations, Ryanair signed an agreement with SNPVAC,” the airline said in this response, adding that “regrettably, the agreement signed was not accepted by union members” so that, “as a result”, they have to “deal with the current excess cabin crew, moving forward with a collective redundancy”. Photo: Tom Boon / Simple Flying. Pic: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images ‘Regrettably, we will now have a small number of compulsory redundancies in Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw to right size our support teams for a year when we will carry less than 100m passengers due to the Covid-19 crisis,’ Ryanair people director Darrell Hughes said. He accused the airline of “using the Covid-19 crisis as a pretext to reduce salaries that are already the lowest in the industry”. The airline also wrote to cabin crew representatives proposing a 10% salary cut during the same five-year period and reducing their paid working time from 2,000 hours a year to 1,600 hours, meaning a loss of €308 (£274) a month for those earning €1,539 a month. (Updates with Ryanair potential job cuts in seventh paragraph) Published on May 17, 2020, 10:06 AM EDT Updated on May 18, 2020, 1:33 AM EDT The redundancies mostly affected pilots and cabin crew. Talk about burying your head in the sand! Ryanair has confirmed that it has signed a formal union recognition agreement with the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), making it the sole representative body for the carrier’s pilots in the UK. Terms and Conditions All content and design is copyright Anglopress Lda and The News Group of Newspapers. LONDON – According to a letter seen by The Times of Malta, Ryanair (FR) subsidiary Malta Air (KM) is going to be making redundancies in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.. Ryanair is cutting 250 jobs at office across Europe. Ryanair changes refund policy to allow unused vouchers to be exchanged for cash Customers offered vouchers for cancelled flights told they can get money back after a year Tue, Apr 28, 2020… It also claims that the dismissal comes when the use of crew members from other bases in lay-off, to fill the shortage of workers in the bases in Portugal, caused by the increase in the number of flights, when the company is conducting training courses for new crew members and when the latest forecasts point to an effective recovery already on 2021, greatly influenced by the emergence of the vaccine that led to a sharp increase in demand and reserves. Read more: Ryanair plans to restart 40% of flights from July. Ryanair said the MAX delays had forced it to close a number of loss-making winter bases, leading to some crew redundancies in Spain, Germany and Sweden, but … The Irish company has told French unions to accept plans to cut wages by 20 percent for pilots and 10 percent for stewards and air hostesses from July 2020, or face the redundancy of 23 pilots and 27 cabin crew staff. We originally said there was going to be 3,000 redundancies but we have been able to reduce that significantly. Redundancies expected in the next few months Ryanair has cut its Summer 2020 growth estimate on the back of the MAX grounding and now says growth will increase by only 3% next summer – down from the original estimate of 7%. Ryanair has already announced 3,000 redundancies across Europe. Past industrial relations cases in other countries (i.e. The union points out that this new collective redundancy follows Ryanair’s public announcement to increase flights to Porto in December and January due to increased demand this Christmas. Budget carrier is imposing 20% pay cuts for flight crew and 10% for cabin staff, Last modified on Wed 1 Jul 2020 17.19 BST. “Ryanair has decided, inanely and without any management criteria, to start a new collective redundancy process, now at the Lisbon Base, involving six crew members, who curiously refused to sign, despite pressure from Ryanair, an addendum, that as the union warned at the time, is illegal,” the SNPVAC said in a statement. All this meant more cabin crew redundancies could not be avoided, O’Leary explained. Ryanair’s latest decision is seen as “disrespectful” by the SNPVAC board, and “wrong”, as in recent weeks it has shown “full willingness to talk, engage in dialogue and negotiate”, even if it had to “overcome certain statutes” as it believed that the two institutions “would be truly committed” to finding a “credible solution for no redundancies”, it reads in the … Pilots and flight crew unions said they had been given five days to agree to the airline's demands and avoid job cuts. Ryanair has considerable reserves,” Rilov said. The dismissal comes after the announcement of the acquisition of 75 Boeing 737 Max, which “demonstrates the prospect of growth as early as next year”, as the executive chairman, Michael O’Leary, expected to receive 50 aircraft of this model as early as 2021, the SNPVAC points out. It is understood that around 60 cabin crew and pilots will be made redundant at a time where the airline states there is an “unavoidable need for redundancies” in order to “survive the COVID-19 … Ryanair has said it is to close its bases in Cork and Shannon for the winter. The Syndicat National des Pilots de Ligne said it had been given a maximum of five days to respond to the ultimatum. Ryanair caused a storm last month when it revealed passengers would have to ask to use the toilets when it restarts flights in July. Stéphane Salmon, an SNPNC-FO representative at Ryanair, told AFP the company sent a letter informing him of the proposed cuts on 15 May. “They can’t use the Covid crisis as an excuse to implement significant wage cuts and call into question all the guarantees staff have managed to wrest from a difficult management. Out every Friday with the headlines and lead stories from the next days edition. The Portuguese relevant authority needs to be play hardball with them. Full-year passenger numbers for April 2020 – March 2021 may fall by as many as 5 million passengers. The flight attendants’ union, SNPNC-FO, said pay cuts would take cabin crew below the minimum wage and demanded “explanations to justify the planned loss of income” but said Ryanair had not responded. Overall, he said Ryanair now had an excess of more than 500 pilots and 400 flight attendants, and that it would need 600 fewer cabin crew by summer 2020. Ryanair said its flights will remain grounded until 'at least July' and passenger numbers will not return to 2019 levels 'until summer 2022 at the earliest'. The National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel welcomed the court’s decision against Ryanair calling it “yet another victory” against the airline. 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