Press Releases

06.11.2018 Vereinigung Cockpit e.V. (VC) held press conference in Berlin, supported by SPD and representatives of other pilot associations

Ryanair Base closures and reductions: leadership through scare tactics

With the closure of the bases in Bremen and Eindhoven, and by reducing the base in Weeze, Ryanair management once again holds the gun to the pilots’ heads: either they don’t resist to being transferred or otherwise, they will lose their jobs. VC views this as an obvious attempt to stop strike...  Details

02.10.2018 Ryanair announces base closures and reductions in Germany

Three days after pilots represented by several European unions – including pilots represented by Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) – conducted strikes at Ryanair, the company announced its intention to close its Bremen base within the next five weeks. Additionally, the company is planning to reduce the size...  Details

19.09.2018 The Ryanair company council calls upon the Ryanair stockholders to replace the current management

As the representative body for Pilots in Ryanair in Germany, we wish to provide the following statement on behalf of the pilots represented by the company council of Vereinigung Cockpit e.V. "This statement is issued on behalf of pilots in Ryanair – a loyal group of workers who built the...  Details

10.09.2018 Vereinigung Cockpit calling Ryanair Pilots to Strike

Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) is calling on Ryanair pilots to take industrial action from Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 3:01 am to Thursday, September 13, 2018, 2:59 am.

All pilots permanently employed at Ryanair bases in Germany are called to strike. All flights scheduled to depart from German airports during this time will be affected. VC is demanding improvements concerning pay and working conditions for many months now. Up to this day Ryanair management has...  Details

08.08.2018 Vereinigung Cockpit announces 24-hour strike at Ryanair

Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) announced in a press conference on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 that it will call up its Ryanair members for industrial action on Friday morning for 24 hours. The strike measure will last from 03:01 am on Friday, August 10, 2018 until 02:59 am on Saturday, August 11, 2018....  Details

12.12.2017 VC announces strike at Ryanair

The German Pilots Association (VC) has announced in a press conference, that from today on, strike action within Ryanair can be expected at any time. This is intended to assist Ryanair Pilots in their collective bargaining process for fair and transparent working conditions. Ryanair Management...  Details

Pilot Careers fair in Berlin

We will be there!

On September 16th, 2017 the Pilots Careers fair will take place in Berlin, for everybody who is interested in becoming an airline pilot. We, the German Pilots' Association, will be there, too. You are welcome to visit us!  Details

15.09.2016 New Ryanair Contracts – a step back in time!

After a number of Ryanair pilots‘ homes as well as offices of temporary employment companies were searched by the authorities in recent weeks, Ryanair has now offered new employment contracts to pilots in Germany. A first analysis of these contracts however, has shown that they are not compatible...  Details

15.09.2015 VC’s strike actions and the courts’ interim injunction

At the beginning of September 2015, the board of Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) formally declared negotiations for a new collective labour agreement (CLA) regarding transitional pension schemes to had failed resulting in industrial action. The first strike action on Tuesday, 8th of September 2015 was...  Details

17.08.2015 VC offers package deal to Lufthansa

In late July, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has offered a package to Lufthansa management calling for an alliance for employment and growth. In the light of an approaching pilot shortage and out of responsibility for pilot jobs and the economic success of Lufthansa, the deal offered by VC would save...  Details

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