Brussels, 25 October 2018
Today, Pilot and Cabin Crew representatives have signed with Ryanair an agreement on one specific and important item:
Ryanair’s commitment to apply, from 31 January 2019, Belgian labour legislation to all Pilots and Cabin Crews, working in Belgium and directly employed by the airline.
Strike on 28 September
Since fall 2017 and the cancelation of thousands of flights, the Belgian Cockpit Association has had one clear-cut demand: the application of Belgian labor law, a prerequisite before the designation of a trade union delegation and the negotiation of a Collective Labor Agreement (CLA). Since then, Ryanair have been promising us at numerous occasions, orally and by writing, they would meet our request. However, nine months later, the conclusion is irrevocable: they have not fulfilled their promises and are just trying to gain time.
You can find below the Press Release (in French and Dutch) issued by the Belgian Cockpit Association on 20 September explaining the reasons why pilots reject Ryanair's agreement proposal. BeCA decided to support the strike actions organised by Cabin Crews on 28 September in several European countries.
On 9 August 2018, BeCA published a Press Release on the strike Ryanair pilots in several countries in Europe are organising on 10 August to demand better working conditions and the application of national labour laws. You can read below the Press Release & background note and download it here (Dutch and French).