Ryanair in union supply to keep away from Christmas strikes

Lucy Hill
December 18, 2017

The airline was also facing action by pilots in Italy, Germany and Portugal.

Speaking to RTÉ yesterday morning, Bernard Harbor 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 has offered to meet with IMPACT on Tuesday, and has called on the unions to call off threatened action next week.

On Saturday evening Ryanair issued a statement, offering to meet the union and their Ryanair Pilot Committee on Tuesday "if that would suit them better".

The BALPA union said it had accepted Ryanair's offer to represent British-based pilots, but only if the TUC federation of British trade unions was allowed to attend future talks.

Ryanair pilots have called off a planned strike action due to take place on Wednesday.

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Today Impact said it was ready to meet Ryanair at any time.

Ryanair has said it is prepared to recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid strike disruption over the Christmas period.

"Union meetings planned next week and January".

Claims by two analysts that Mr O'Leary's position as chief executive, which he has held since 1994, was being questioned by investors were met with a terse response from the airline.

An upcoming Ryanair pilot strike has been suspended after the airline agreed to talks - much to the relief of those flying overseas for Christmas.

Ryanair, Europe's second-largest airline by passenger numbers, has been forced to cancel 20,000 flights through to March because of pilot scheduling problems stretching back to September.

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