The Spanish Union of Airline Pilots (Sepla) has announced on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with Ryanair on the application of the Spanish labor legislation to the contracts of pilots based in Spain, for which it will withdraw its claim before the National Court
The agreement, which according to Sepla represents "a new stage" in labor relations between the group of pilots and the Irish airline, ends a long conflict between both parties. The pilots, unlike the cabin crew, had not participated in the strikes, and had preferred to opt for the judicial route to claim the airline to apply the specific labor legislation of the territory in which it operates.
Both parties will explain the agreement throughout the day. As Ryanair had anticipated in recent days, the agreement with the pilots union was very close, especially after the airline reached agreements with the pilot unions in Portugal, the United Kingdom and Italy
The Sepla, which brings together 500 pilots of the 800 Ryanair pilots operating in Spain, filed the claim with the aim of knowing what labor law is applicable to pilots who are based in Spain, whether it is Spanish or Irish. The view was going to start next November.
Turning in labor policy
The airline chaired by Michael O'Leary had said that the latest bankruptcies of European airlines and the losses experienced by other companies such as Ryanair itself or Flybe had accelerated the agreements with pilots and crew,
The approach of Ryanair to its pilots in Spain to unlock the negotiations stalled since June came in August after the signing of the first collective agreement of pilots of the company in Europe, reached in Italy, its second most important market after
of Spain in the Old Continent. Ryanair, which promised to recognize the unions in December 2017, has reached agreements with the crews in countries such as Italy, the United Kingdom and Italy.
The regularization of the pilots of the Irish low cost airline Ryanair based in Spain to Spanish legislation would cost 1.3 million euros for the company, according to Sepla.
The agreement can be extended to the crew. The General Directorate of Labor has called tomorrow, Thursday, Ryanair, USO and the Sitcpla union of TCP to a new mediation, at the request of the unions, to try to advance an agreement. The 1,800 flight attendants employed in Spain also demand that Spanish labor legislation be applied in their contracts.