Ryanair pilots at Stansted voted to reject the airline’s initial pay rise offer, which would have lifted captain salaries to 20 per cent more than Norwegian
RYANAIR pilots are calling for the salary offered to crews based at London Stansted to be doubled.
According to reports, the unofficial European Employee Representative Council called for an increase of basic pay to £150k, compared with the current £64k.
Bloomberg also reported that the group asked for the pay rise to be extended across all European bases.
In a document seen by the business website, the council asked for feedback from crew on the new demands.
They then suggested a strike if a deal between the airline and staff can’t be reached.
Last Friday, more than half of Ryanair pilots at its largest base rejected management's offer of improved pay and conditions, dealing a blow to its efforts to address a recent pilot shortage.
Europe's largest airline by passenger numbers sparked outrage in recent weeks by cancelling about 20,000 flights after admitting it did not have enough standby pilots to operate its schedule without significant delays.
It responded by promising pilots significant improvements in pay and conditions, exceeding rates paid by rivals, with negotiations to take place with each of its 86 bases individually.
But pilots at Stansted Airport rejected the Ryanair offer by a margin of 60 per cent to 40 per cent at Friday evening's vote.
According to Ryanair, the pay increase would have lifted captain salaries to 20 per cent more than those offered by rival Norwegian.
The crew also wanted the company to pay for uniforms, training, health care, food and drink while on-board and accommodation while working away from the home base.
The airline said: "Ryanair will continue to engage with the London Stansted ERC (Employee Relations Council) to understand how it can address their remaining concerns, especially as it will be recruiting new pilots in Stansted from November at these higher pay rates.”