Ryanair is making strenuous efforts to recruit pilots even inviting former pilots to return to the workforce. Ryanair has for a long time employed much of its workforce through agencies rather than directly as employees of the company. Anyone on an agency contract does not have the same degree of employment protection as a direct employee and because of this, it is virtually impossible to take an action to an employment tribunal if things go wrong. By working through a series of companies based in countries across Europe it is at best very difficult to penetrate the corporate web and challenge things that are of concern, but also near impossible to take action in the event that something in your working conditions breaches your employment rights. Trade Unions have good reason to want to effectively represent their members in such an employment environment, where there is a view that they are a hindrance to good business rather than a critical partner who wants the company to be successful for the benefit of everyone. As such, if you are a member pilot (ATPL) thinking of joining Ryanair or indeed any other company we invite you to let us review your contract BEFORE you sign it so that we can advise you of its strengths, weaknesses and possible pitfalls.
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