Ryanair to hold its first-ever meeting with union

Tammy Harvey
December 21, 2017

Trade union representatives for Ryanair pilots have said that the threat of strike action remains a possibility unless management responds to their collective bargaining proposals by noon on Thursday.

Ryanair held a first meeting with the Irish pilot union Impact on Tuesday and was meeting German equivalent VC on Wednesday.

"While Ryanair management said they recognized IMPACT/IALPA for collective bargaining purposes at this evening's meeting, they said they were unable to give the union a piece of paper to confirm this", the union said.

"This is disappointing given all that's been said in the media over the last five days", they said in a joint statement.

The company said it will meet with other EU pilot and cabin crew unions in the New year.

He said Ryanair was honest about embracing the collective bargaining model, and would not be attending today's meeting if they were not.

Shares in the airline were up 1.6 per cent at €15.20 this morning, recovering some of the ground lost over previous sessions as investors fretted about the cost of the airline's move to recognise unions.

The low-priced carrier said it was making the move to avoid "widespread customer disruptions over Christmas".

"If the best way to achieve this is to talk to our pilots through a recognised union process, then we are prepared to do so, and we have written today to these unions inviting them to talks to recognise them and calling on them to cancel the threatened industrial action planned for Christmas week".

The union wants the company to clarify the detail of its decision on Friday to recognise unions for the first time in the company's history.

However IMPACT, the union involved, has already warned that the strike is suspended rather than cancelled.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary observed: "Recognising unions will be a significant change for Ryanair, but we have delivered radical change before. We're decisive in it", he said.

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