Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Ryanair pilots suspend strike as airline offers union recognition

Ryanair pilots suspend strike as airline offers union recognition

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.

Ryanair said it had written to the pilot unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Portugal to recognise unions as the representative body for pilots in each of those countries.

Budget airline Ryanair will recognise pilot unions to avoid a Christmas strike on December 20 which would have grounded some flights.

The comments came despite Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary's pledge that the company would enter talks with pilots on union recognition.

Mr Harbor said IMPACT had spoken to senior Ryanair management, telling them they were ready to meet them at any time.

"The Portuguese pilot union has requested a meeting next week and Ryanair has offered to meet them on Thursday, December 21st".

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Mr O'Leary spoke to the airline's chief captains across its nearly 90 bases.

"Once we have that we're ready to lift the industrial action, but we need to do that first", he told RTÉ Radio One on Saturday.

No details have been provided by the airline of how many, or which, flights are likely to be affected.

The Associazione Nazionale Professionale Aviazione Civile (ANPAC) called Ryanair's move "a very important first step", resulting in ANPAC suspending a first walk-out by Ryanair pilots that had been planned for between 1200 and 1600 GMT.

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

There were hopes of a breakthrough yesterday when the airline announced that it would agree to their demand for union recognition.

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