Ryanair pilots grouping hits out at pay deal

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The Ryanair Pilot Group (RPG) has hit out at the airline's statement yesterday that management had negotiated a pay rise with the pilots, arguing it is inaccurate because a majority of crew had rejected the deal in a ballot organised by the grouping.

The Group says the apparent pay deal - worth 10% over 5 years - will be a real-terms pay cut,

RPG argues the carrier's offer yesterday only affects pilots at a minority of its bases, and more than 70% of all Ryanair pilots are not included in the pay deal because they are self-employed but under contract to work exclusively for Ryanair - a fact that the airline confirms.

The RPG says that since obtaining backing from the pilots via a democratic ballot it has approached management about talks, but there has been no acknowledgement of the offer of representation. Of the Ryanair pay deal the RPG says the claims made by Ryanair in respect of the "alleged agreements" are misleading and inaccurate. "They do not apply to all the pilots operating at their bases," it says. RPG has been working over the last year on an organising campaign of Ryanair pilots.

The company yesterday announced new five-year agreements with pilots at its Alicante, Bristol, Cork, East Midlands, Luton and Shannon bases which, from 1st April 2013, will deliver pay increases of "up to 10%" over five years, and increases in pensions and allowances.