Frankfurt / Main (AP) - The piloted in Germany pilots of the budget airline Ryanair are still waiting for a collective agreement.
Even more than nine months after the fundamental agreement on key points, there is still no conclusion, said the spokesman for the pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), Janis Schmitt, the German Press Agency. It will be negotiated intensively. The takeover of the German sites by the Ryanair subsidiary Malta Air is also under debate.
Sticking point continues to be the tax law, said Schmitt. So far, Ryanair pilots must pay their social security contributions in Germany but continue to pay their income tax in Ireland because they are employed by an Irish airline. In Ireland, VC incurs higher taxes than in Germany, so the salary increases following the cornerstones did not lead to the hoped-for net gains. Ryanair refused to refund the difference.
The VC requires the construction of an AOC with a German license, while Ryanair considers having the Jets based at German airports operated by the subsidiary Malta Air. The staff could pay in this construction, the charges then as desired at the sites.
Schmitt regretted the departure of Ryanair chief executive Peter Bellew, who wants to switch to the same competitor Easyjet. He had stood for a constructive style of negotiation of the once strictly anti-union airline. Recent statements by the CEO Michael O'Leary on the alleged pilot surplus called the VC spokesman as exaggerated.
After several waves of strikes in December 2018, the VC and Ryanair had agreed on a key issues paper with significant salary increases for the approximately 400 pilots stationed in Germany. Salary and mantle rates are to apply until March 2023.
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