Belfast Telegraph

Keep fighting for better deal, Ryanair pilots told

By John Mulligan

Ryanair pilots have been urged to demonstrate "strong resolve and unity" by the president of the powerful Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) in the United States as they battle for improved terms and conditions.

In a letter to Ryanair pilots in advance of meeting some of them in Dublin yesterday, SWAPA's John Weaks said that the "days of ruling by fear and divide and conquer need to stop now".

US airline unions have been offering moral, financial and operational support to Ryanair pilots in their bid to unionise and negotiate better pay and terms and conditions with management.

Mr Weaks and Daniel Carey, the president of the Allied Pilots' Association, which represents 15,000 pilots at American Airlines, were set to meet company staff in Dublin last night.

"As you struggle for the recognition of your professional status and contribution to your company's success, know that the pilots of SWAPA support you 100%," Mr Weaks said in the letter to Ryanair pilots.

"It is time for Ryanair to value you as employees and (recognise) the excellent work you perform in service of your airline."

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