Ryanair would require personnel in France to hand in 10 to 20 percent of their wages to help lead the Irish low coster through the corona crisis. If staff refuse the proposal, dismissal may follow. Unions speak of blackmail. The French television station BFM reports on the matter.
According to the report of BFM, the highest wages are a salary discount of 20 percent. The least earners are concerned with handing in at least 10 percent of the salary. In case of refusal, 23 out of 81 Ryanair pilots and 27 out of 160 cabin crew in France could lose their jobs.
According to the plans, employees would have to do with lower wages for five years. Wages would then be increased again. Furthermore, the wages of hired pilots will be reduced.
Unions in France reacted dividedly to the plans. Pilot union SNPL is said to have accepted the performance agreement pending better times. The union is said to have received a promise that Ryanair will not fire any personnel.
Cabin bond SNPNC is said to have asked for clarification, but has not yet received a response. Wage cuts are unacceptable, according to the union. Legal proceedings are not excluded.
According to Ryanair, there are time-bound measures to keep as many jobs as possible. The Irish also point to the situation among sector peers. Ryanair previously stated that it would fire 3,000 people.