STOP RYANAIR CLOSING BASES!
STOP RYANAIR CLOSING BASES!
We call your full attention and help with what is taking place and might take place in Ryanair, over the next few months.
Ryanair sells itself and Europe's favourite airline and there is no doubt that the majority of the current staff (Cabin Crew, Pilots and Handling) does more than its corresponding part for this to be true.
2 years ago, Ryanair CEO, Michael O'Leary, who has always been the most proactive "anti-union" character on the planet, was forced to recognise and allow for employee unionisation within Ryanair – something that may sound from the 19th Century, but was happening in 2017.
The company started a "charm" campaign only to mislead public, media, shareholders, investors and, above all, Ryanair staff, who saw on this supposed mindset change a great opportunity to give Ryanair management a second chance.
Throughout 2018, the first contacts with unions were hard, messy, but, in some countries, they led to agreements. Some of these agreements are now being criticised by the very own people that signed them and, in general, are poor agreements which do not offer more than the National Labour Legislations demand as minimums.
Still, for these agreements to take place, there was a need to create an european current of strikes and different protests for Ryanair to be forced to sit down and negotiate the bare minimums, demanded by law. On some occasions, Ryanair counterattacked and threatened with base closures in some of the lowest level "union busting" actions ever seen in Europe.
2019 started off with more agreements, but, from March 2019 onwards it has been an authentic nightmare for any union in EU to reach Ryanair. Some meetings were delayed, some others were cancelled, some other were just useless by Ryanair management behaviour against any union legal inputs.
As of May 2019, Ryanair Holdings, already transformed into a group of 4 airlines – Ryanair DAC, Ryanair SUN (BUZZ), Laudamotion (LAUDA) and Malta Air – starts to move towards a face lifting operation to improve "Ryanair" public connotation, clearly not favourable to the majority of public opinion.
In August 2019 the real attack on staff came in and it started off with base closure announcements and reductions, with no apparent reason. Ryanair DAC is still extremely profitable, BUZZ is on break-even, but both LAUDA and Malta Air, the 2 new companies that are being sold to investors and public as the future of low-cost air transport in EU, are actually on losses.
Although it is understandable that all businesses have the prerogative of managing their assets and human resources, there are many reasons to believe that, in this case, Ryanair Holdings is setting up, on an European level, the largest social dumping operation that aviation in Europe has ever seen.
The biggest concern, is that Ryanair is planning to shift workers to new subsidiaries – Ryanair DAC, Ryanair SUN (BUZZ), Laudamotion (LAUDA) and Malta Air – closing bases and operations under the Irish AOC (Ryanair DAC) and then re-opening them with another AOC (BUZZ, LAUDA, Malta Air), with new contracts and new terms and conditions, undermining the worker’s rights and taking advantage of weak European Regulations on worker’s mobility.
With this mobility Ryanair would achieve the purpose of the marketing "face lifting" and would be able to lower costs at the expense of, on one side, much of the current staff that may be dismissed, on the other side, many of the new joiners who will be even more squeezed and abused than the current staff.
And that has a name: IMMORAL SOCIAL DUMPING!
All of this is being supported by some EU national/local governments, through state subsidies, tax benefits, special prices on airport fees, co-ownerships and by allowing almost anything to Ryanair, in the name of economic growth and people mobility.
The truth of the matter is that there will be more than a thousand people's lives on the line and all that is attached to it – babies, families, children in school, husbands and wives alike who cannot leave their jobs, risking family separation and eventual family destruction, and so much more.
This is an immoral, unacceptable behaviour from a management team in Ryanair who doesn't respect anything or anyone and believes that everything is allowed.
This behaviour and attitude are neither moral nor allowed by Ryanair staff and it shouldn't be allowed also by Governments, EU institutions, Investors, Shareholders. Passengers also play a really important part on all this and you, as a passenger, but, most of all, as a person will understand the implications there are for the future.
The current management team in Ryanair needs to follow a totally different path on HR, thus, there is a need for everyone's help to reach Ryanair Shareholders and Investors, for them to demand a total restructuring on the current management team, starting on the HR department, which is currently directed by Ryanair Chief People Officer, Eddie Wilson, who, in turn, is currently directed by Ryanair CEO, Michael O'Leary.
Ryanair is too important to passengers, governments, businesses, but mostly to its own staff, therefore it is not possible to afford a management team which only purpose seems to be to destroy the airline this very same staff built up, so, current Ryanair management need to be out of Ryanair cockpit, in order for the company to keep growing as it should.