Ryanair says formally recognises Irish pilots' union

Tammy Harvey
December 22, 2017

The company said it would only negotiate with pilots who worked for the company and VC officials and so the talks were halted.

"Ryanair's public offer to conduct negotiations with VC can only be classified as a further publicity stunt", said Ingolf Schumacher of the VC.

In a letter to the union obtained by Bloomberg, Eddie Wilson, Ryanair's chief people office, proposed an agenda for the January meeting while saying the union delegation should be composed of VC officials and "currently employed Ryanair pilots in Germany".

"This makes it clear to VC that the company is not interested in a mutually constructive cooperation, based on trust and equality. Rather, Ryanair is trying to win time and attempting to delay the beginning of collective bargaining".

Germany's powerful Cockpit union called on pilots to stage the first-ever strike at Ryanair on Friday as it stepped up the pressure in a Europe-wide battle for recognition from the no-frills airline.

It agreed to meet the union in Frankfurt on January 5 to "progress and resolve these issues, which Ryanair expects will lead to a collective labour agreement (CLA) for Ryanair's pilots in Germany."?

German union VC called for the strike on Thursday and said that 16 flights would be affected. IMPACT confirmed Thursday it had received the written recognition confirmation it requested.

Ryanair pilots in Ireland represented by the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association (IALPA) and IMPACT will not take industrial action against the airline after confirmation of a "historic agreement" on Thursday afternoon.

"My colleagues are now considering that correspondence. We hope to be able to say something with more substance before too long".

Those were the first since Ryanair had offered on Friday to recognise trade unions, prompting the suspension of strike action planned over the busy festive period - when many travellers head overseas for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Union representatives and pilots met with airline management for the first time on Tuesday in a dramatic shift of its policy not to deal with unions.

The decision came as it worked to avert a pilots' strike that had been planned for yesterday.

IMPACT told Ryanair the threat of strike action remained if it didn't put its union recognition in writing, quickly.

But IMPACT says it wants a document confirming its commitment to recognise the union.

The move eased tensions but unions warned that strikes remained an option if the Dublin-based carrier was not serious about the discussions.

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