Ryanair Irish union warns industrial action still possible

Ryanair to hold meeting with union for first time

Today marks the first-ever meeting with a union since the airline was founded over three decades ago.

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".

A spokesman said the prospect of strike action in Ireland, originally called for Wednesday, had not gone away and that the mandate remained should Ryanair not properly meet requests for union representation.

In a statement issued in the aftermath of the meeting, IMPACT said that Ryanair "were unable to give the union a piece of paper to confirm" the fact that Ryanair recognised IMPACT/IALPA (Irish Air Line Pilots' Association) for collective bargaining purposes, something that Ryanair had acknowledged publicly in recent days. Chief executive Michael O'Leary said on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, the airline wants to ease customers' concerns "that they may be disrupted by pilot industrial action next week".

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"He has said in the past that hell would freeze over before he would recognise unions". "It will lead on in the New Year to meetings with other EU pilot unions and cabin crew unions in due course as well".

The pilots were threatening to strike in regards to better working conditions and being recognised.

The Irish airline, Europe's largest by passenger numbers, announced last week that it would recognise pilots' unions in a bid to head off strikes planned in the run-up to Christmas.

UFO chairman Alexander Behrens welcomed Ryanair's willingness to talk to pilots, but warned it could be an attempt to avert strikes in several European countries over the busy Christmas season.

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