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Press Release: Social Conflict at Skeyes

Brussels, 09 May 2019

BeCA is worried about the on-going social dispute at the Belgian air navigation service provider, Skeyes. On several occasions since 2016, our pilots association already warned the Belgocontrol management and our Authorities about the consequences of a chronic staff shortage. Today our fears seem to have become a reality.

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Ryanair pilots and management endorse a Collective Labour Agreement

Brussels, 15 February 2019

Following a secret ballot that was carried out between 4 and 14 February, Ryanair pilots based in Belgium endorsed a Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) on Remuneration and Rostering. The participation rate was high (128 participants, which represents 78%) and 98,5% of participants voted in favour of it. According to BeCA – who actively participated in the negotiations – this agreement guarantees stability for Ryanair pilots for the next four years and harmonises working and remuneration conditions for all pilots based in Belgium. It also includes the opportunity for self-employed pilots to sign an employment contract with Ryanair.

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Pilots urge Ryanair to fulfil their promises

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.

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