Ryanair pilots in Belgium have given an ultimatum that unless there is a substantial proposal by noon on Friday to up their pay then they will take strike action on 15 and 16 July.
During Covid pilot’s salaries were cut by 20% and despite €1.43 billion in profits this year Ryanair bosses are refusing to enter into negotiations.
Didier Lebbe, the permanent secretary of CNE said, “We were hoping to reach an agreement this summer, but we can’t because management is inflexible.
“We apologise in advance to passengers who plan to travel with Ryanair between now and October 2024 and who may be affected by these strikes, but we can no longer allow Ryanair to flout the basic principles of Belgian social dialogue.”
The airline issued a statement, “Ryanair has comprehensive collective agreements in place covering all its pilots across Europe, and we have been able to renew collective agreements with all pilot unions throughout Europe.
“Threats of strikes are not only bad for pilots, who lose pay, but also customers and ultimately investment in Belgium.
“Ryanair is available to engage in constructive negotiations with the Belgian pilot unions to reach an agreement as we have done successfully in all other countries in which Ryanair operates.”