Ryanair cabin crew issue list of demands over pay and conditions

Ryanair hit out at the demands as 'pointless'

Ryanair cabin crew issue list of demands over pay and conditions

Pictured are (l to r) Gabrial Mocho Rodriguez, International Transport Federation (ITF); Oliver Richardson, ITF and Eoin Coates, ITF, at a press conference at the Ryanair Cabin Crews Summit Dublin in Forsa’s office at Nerney’s Court, Dublin, today. Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Updated 17.50

Ryanair cabin crew have issued management with a series of demands over pay and conditions.

Yesterday, Dublin-based pilots with the airline announced their plan to strike for 24 hours next Thursday.

Now, there is a chance cabin crew from across Europe could follow suit with industrial action of their own.

A campaign representing around 8,000 workers, under the banner Cabin Crew United, has today issued a Ryanair crew charter.

Their list of demands covers issues surrounding pay, annual leave and pensions.

They say they are are also angry they have to pay for water on the job, and say calling in sick is difficult.

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In a statement, Ryanair described the demands as "pointless" - claiming cabin crew already receive double the living wage; a 'bank holiday every weekend' due to a 5-on/3-off roster; and "free training, sick pay and an annual uniform allowance".

The airline added: "Ryanair is already engaged in extensive negotiations with national cabin crew unions across Europe during which all of these, and other issues, are being negotiated and we have already concluded agreements in the UK and Italy.”

Unions

Organisers of the campaign stressed it will be up to each union in each country to decide what, if any, industrial action to take if the demands are not met.

However, union official Oliver Richardson isn’t ruling it out, saying: "We are a federation. We don't call strike action... strike action is called by our affiliates.

"As a federation, would we support as best as we could those affiliates in taking that action? Of course we would."

The charter of demands will now be given to Ryanair bosses.