Ryanair Strike Still In The Air

Marco Green
December 16, 2017

Ryanair on Friday announced that it would recognise pilot unions for the first time in its 32-year history in a bid to stop the first pilot strike in its history from taking place later in the day.

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

The planned industrial action comes after Ryanair said in September that it had to cancel 20,000 individual flights which it blamed on a lack of standby pilots due to a failure in its rostering following a rule change by Irish regulators. The airline pointed out that Impact promised to call off the strike if it conceded recognition.

The airline said earlier this week that it would not deal with or recognize the unions.

"As soon as we have received dates to start the negotiation process, planned strike measures will be called off", said VC president Ilja Schulz. They intend striking at some point between now and December 23rd and are obliged to give the airline just 24 hours notice.

Up to 117 members of the Irish Airline Pilots' Association still plan to strike on Wednesday.

Italian union Anpac called off a four-hour stoppage scheduled for yesterday and has agreed to meet Ryanair.

Ryanair pilots have threatened the one-day strike for better working conditions as well as to gain union recognition. In a statement IMPACT said it is available to meet with management today or anytime over the weekend.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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