Potential breakthrough as Ryanair strike looms

Marco Green
December 19, 2017

The airline's decision to recognise a pilots' union came as pilots threatened a one-day strike on December 20th affecting passengers in Cork, Shannon and Dublin, with planned stoppages also across Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Italy over the busy Christmas period.

Ryanair management and pilots' union IMPACT will meet for the first time tomorrow evening.

Unions representing pilots in Ireland and Portugal have suspended plans to strike before Christmas, lifting the threat of walkouts at the low-priced carrier after it agreed to recognise trade unions for the first time.

However, it is understood that if sufficient progress is not made at the Ryanair-IMPACT meeting, the union is reserving the right to reinstate its strike action.

If the strike had gone ahead it would have seen the majority of the firm's captains in Ireland walk out.

The Portuguese pilot union has requested a meeting and Ryanair has offered to meet them on Thursday December 21st.

The conditions at the training centre apply to thousands of cabin crew hired by third-party agencies for Ryanair
The conditions at the training centre apply to thousands of cabin crew hired by third-party agencies for Ryanair

In the e-mail statement, Impact said "it looked forward to establishing a positive relationship with Ryanair company management".

The BALPA union on Saturday said it had accepted Ryanair΄s offer to represent British-based pilots, but only if the TUC federation of British trade unions was allowed to attend future talks.

It comes after management at the airline agreed to recognise the union as the representative of pilots based in Ireland.

"All we have at the moment is the letter that came from Ryanair on Friday morning, indicating their willingness to recognise pilot unions".

Despite the difficulties, Ryanair still expects to deliver annual profits after tax of 1.40 billion-1.45 billion euros ($1.65 billion-1.71 billion).

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