Ryanair issued with ultimatum as fresh threat of strike emerges

Lucy Hill
December 21, 2017

The airline has written to pilots in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal inviting each of them to talks to recognise the unions as representative bodies "as long as they establish Committees of Ryanair pilots to deal with Ryanair issues, as Ryanair will not engage with pilots who fly for competitor airlines in Ireland or elsewhere".

There was some confusion as to whether Ryanair would also recognize unions representing other workers but on Tuesday it confirmed it would also recognize cabin crew unions and would seek talks with them.

Ryanair RYA.I sees chances for new bases in France and Scandinavia thanks to its move to recognise unions, the Irish low-priced carrier's Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told Reuters on Tuesday.

"As soon as Ryanair proposes a concrete and binding date in January, we will of course take them up on it", UFO union board member Nicoley Baublies said in a statement on Wednesday.

He said Ryanair was honest about embracing the collective bargaining model, and would not be attending today's meeting if they were not.

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Arriving for the meeting, Mr Harbor said they expected the company would confirm its decision to recognise the union for negotiating purposes.

Over the weekend, pilots called off a threatened pre-Christmas one-day strike that was planned for tomorrow (December 20th).

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary observed: "Recognising unions will be a significant change for Ryanair, but we have delivered radical change before".

The union wants the company to clarify the detail of its decision on Friday to recognise unions for the first time in the company's history.

According to a recording of a meeting obtained by the Irish Independent newspaper, Ryanair executives told pilots at Stansted last week that the airline had "grown too fast" and lost their trust, but was working hard to restore it.

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