Ryanair pilots suspend planned strike action

Dianna Christensen
December 18, 2017

The Dublin-based airline announced on Friday that it would recognise the unions "as long as they establish committees of Ryanair pilots.as Ryanair will not engage with pilots who fly for competitor airlines".

It is understood the IMPACT trade union is considering the offer.

It has asked the airline to release its pilot representatives so they can prepare for and attend the meeting.

Ryanair earlier said British union BALPA and Italian union ANPAC had agreed to meet with Ryanair in early January.

While the decision to recognise trade unions for the first time in Ryanair's 32-year history has averted the threat of strikes, the move rattled investors and its shares fell nearly 9 percent on Friday. Ryanair made the landmark change in its policy after unionised pilots in Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Italy, and Spain all voted for industrial action in recent weeks.

It has also called on the unions to call off the December 20 strike.

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Ryanair has offered to meet with IMPACT on Tuesday, and has called on the unions to call off threatened action next week.

In a statement IMPACT said it is available to meet with management today or anytime over the weekend.

Speaking yesterday, CEO Michael O'Leary said the radical U-turn to recognise unions was a bid to avoid travel chaos for customers during Christmas week.

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 has sought a meeting with the Irish Airline Pilots' Association on that day, according to The Independent.

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