Ryanair pilots suspend planned strike action

Tammy Harvey
December 18, 2017

On Saturday night, Ryanair offered to meet on Tuesday, but Impact refused to budge.

The British and Italian pilots' unions have agreed to meet in early January.

However it said it would not be able to meet with IMPACT until Wednesday - which is the day the strike is due to begin.

The firm's chief operations officer, Peter Bellew, said: "Let's keep talking".

The Irish union responded on Sunday that it would be "happy to do that".

Unions representing Ryanair pilots in Ireland and Portugal on Sunday suspended plans to strike before Christmas, lifting the threat of industrial action at the low-priced giant after it agreed on Friday to recognise trade unions for the first time.

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

However IMPACT says it needs clarifications from Ryanair on how it will handle matters going forward.

It is the first time Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has extended such an invitation to union leaders in the 32 years the company has been flying.

"The union asked management to release its Ryanair pilot representatives to prepare for and attend the meeting", the statement read.

Ryanair's offer came after the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA) had warned that its members working for the carrier were planning to walk out on Wednesday 20 December.

German union Vereinigung Cockpit said the onus was now on Ryanair to "prove that this announcement is serious".

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

RYANAIR will announce "contingency plans" for passengers facing a 24-hour strike in the run-up to Christmas tomorrow.

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