Reports Ryanair may close Cork base as part of cuts

Reports Ryanair may close Cork base as part of cuts

There are reports that Ryanair has warned staff that it may close its bases in Cork and in Shannon and cut up to 120 jobs if pilots in Ireland do not directly accept a pay cut.

There are reports that Ryanair has warned staff that it may close its bases in Cork and in Shannon and cut up to 120 jobs if pilots in Ireland do not directly accept a pay cut.

According to a report by Reuters, Ryanair sent a memo to pilots on Friday which said that the union council representing Irish pilots had walked away from ongoing talks on Wednesday.

In the memo, seen by Reuters, Ryanair director of operations Neal McMahon told pilots a union request for an extension of a 30-day consultation on job cuts represented “stalling tactics”.

The report said pilots were asked to click a button to accept proposals including a 20 per cent pay cut that would be reversed gradually within four years, amongst other measures.

Reuters said pilots were told the number of job losses, and whether bases at Cork and Shannon airports remained open would depend on the number of acceptances.

A spokesperson for the Forsa union said they could not confirm the details of the report. 

The spokesperson said that the 30-day consultation period on redundancies had concluded last Friday without a collective agreement.

"We wrote to Ryanair seeking an extension, as the 30-day period is a minimum consultation period, it can be extended by agreement. We indicated that the union was happy to work with a third party in order to facilitate reaching a collective agreement. We have not yet received any response to this from Ryanair," the spokesperson added. 

The Forsa spokesperson said that on Friday afternoon the airline informed Forsa it would contact pilots individually and pilot members have confirmed they received a communication on Friday afternoon "which, essentially, offers an ultimatum to the effect that if they sign the agreement they will receive work, but if they don’t they won’t receive work."

A spokesperson for Ryanair said the Reuter's story referred to an internal memo. 

"We have nothing further to add to it," the spokesperson said. 


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