Monday, 20 August, 2018

Ryanair pilots suspend planned strike action

The chief executive of Ryanair said that the airline would recognise unions in order to avoid Christmas strikes The chief executive of Ryanair said that the airline would recognise unions in order to avoid Christmas strikesNIALL CARSON PA
Scott Davis | 18 December, 2017, 01:10

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

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

"We're certainly happy to meet Ryanair on Tuesday", he said.

The airline's chief operations officer, Peter Bellew, confirmed the planned meetings in a social media post on Saturday, saying "let's keep talking".

As of Sunday morning, there has been no response from the unions. However, it is unclear which day the two side will meet.

A spokesman added: "Once we meet, we can take a decision on deferring industrial action".




He said that talks with pilots' unions would start next week, or in January at the latest, in all of Ryanair's European hubs, but he also said the company was not prepared to extend talks to flight assistants, who also demand union recognition.

"It has invited each of them to talks to recognise these unions and the representative bodies for pilots in Ryanair in each of these countries", said Mr Byrne.

The Irish airline's pilots have suspended strike action that was due to take place on Wednesday 20 December.

"Recognising unions will be a significant change for Ryanair, but we have delivered radical change before, most recently when we launched Ryanair Labs and our highly successful Always Getting Better customer improvement programme in 2013".

In Spain, there are no strikes planned for pilots but ground staff unions have not ruled out action on 30 December.

It is the only time airline boss Michael O'Leary has extended such an invite to union leaders in the 32 years the company has been in business.

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