Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Markets | By Josh Butler

Ryanair offers to meet pilot unions before Wednesday's strike

Ryanair offers to meet pilot unions before Wednesday's strike

The planned Ryanair pilot's strike on December 20th may still go ahead unless management from Ryanair meets with the union before the strike date.

A spokesman said: "Ryanair today confirmed that the German pilot union and IMPACT/IALPA have agreed to Ryanair's offer of meetings to agree union recognition on Wednesday December 20".

There were mixed reactions from pilots' groups after Ryanair's recognition of the union.

In the face of threatened industrial action by pilots at some of Ryanair's main bases, the airline announced last week that for the first time it would recognise and negotiate with pilots' unions across Europe.

Speaking to RTÉ this morning, Bernard Harbor of IMPACT said the union wanted the meeting to make sure there was substance to the offer Ryanair had made, and to flesh out how the airline's recognition of unions would proceed.

Ryanair staff have planned strike action on December 20.

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The airline on Tuesday had previously insisted that any discussion of pay and working conditions should be discussed through management-controlled "employee representative councils".

Ryanair said yesterday that after agreeing to recognise unions, it would not be able to meet IMPACT representatives until Wedneday.

Mr O'Leary's move to recognise unions was a sharp U-turn for the airline, given its policy of not dealing with labour groups.

It has also emerged that Ryanair cabin crew trade unions are seeking recognition alongside its pilots in a move that will add to the pressures faced by the Irish low-priced airline.

"It's now up to Ryanair to prove the seriousness of this announcement", Ilja Schulz, VC president, said on Friday.

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