Brussels, 8 July 2020
Ryanair is asking their Belgium-based pilots to accept substantial wage concessions over the next four years in order to restore as soon as possible its cash reserve. Aware of the difficult economic situation, pilots would agree to temporarily reduce their salaries in a very significant way and increase their productivity, but under three conditions:
Brussels, 26 May 2020
The Belgian Cockpit Association (BeCA), the professional organisation representing airline pilots in Belgium, is denouncing Ryanair’s unacceptable social practices and urges the airline to respect its obligations under the Belgian labour law and to become (finally!) a socially responsible company.
For several weeks, crews of passenger airlines have been forced into temporary unemployment. The restart of operations is now approaching, but it will probably take several years before production reaches its pre-corona crisis level. Airlines decided to reduce their fleets and some of them already announced collective dismissals.
The crisis we are experiencing today is unprecedented and severely impacts the aviation industry. At some point in the future, demand for aviation will resume, even though we don't know when and to what extent. Post-COVID aviation will be different. But we must ensure that this new aviation industry is socially responsible and more sustainable. And this requires to retain a functioning aviation sector in Belgium and to preserve jobs.
Open Letter to Sophie Wilmès - COVID-19: Supporting the future of the aviation industry and preserving pilot jobs in Belgium
On 24 April, the Belgian Cockpit Association, which is the only organisation representing pilots in Belgium, sent the following open letter to Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès, calling her to include us in the discussions about the future of aviation in Belgium.