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GERMANY’S UFO cabin crew union accused budget airline Ryanair yesterday of trying to build a “two-tier company,” calling its attempt to negotiate exclusively with pilots’ unions a “scandal.”
Threats of strike action by pilots’ unions in Ireland, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain forced Ryanair to agree to recognise them last week after decades of dealing only with in-house staff associations.
UFO chairman Alexander Behrens said the new willingness to talk to pilots was good, but he pointed out that flight attendants are paid dreadfully and the airline is guilty of breaching employment law.
“Employee rights cannot stop at the cockpit door,” UFO official Nicoley Baublies stormed.
“Together with the European cabin crew unions, negotiations will continue and pressure on Ryanair will increase.
“If the Irish [sic] do not negotiate, the next strike announcements will be forthcoming, this time from the cabin crew,” he declared.
Ryanair says it is starting its new policy of union recognition with pilots and “expects” that other unions might get a look-in in the new year.
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