Ryanair to meet Irish pilots' union in bid to halt strike

Ryanair to meet Irish pilots' union in bid to halt strike

Ryanair to meet Irish pilots' union in bid to halt strike

Impact, the Irish pilots' union, said it had received Ryanair's letter on Friday morning.

It will bring certainty to Ryanair passengers travel plans over the Christmas period.

So far there has been no response from unions to say if that is enough.

Ryanair's move was announced on Friday, after pilots' unions in Germany, Italy, Ireland, Britain, Spain and Portugal threatened unprecedented industrial action in the run-up to the Christmas holidays against unsatisfactory working conditions.

After the dramatic decision to recognise union representation for the first time, the company yesterday released a statement saying it had now agreed to a meeting on Tuesday with Impact, to which the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA) is affiliated.

An upcoming Ryanair pilot strike has been suspended after the airline agreed to talks - much to the relief of those flying overseas for Christmas.

Earlier this week, 79 Dublin-based Ryanair pilots had said they would strike for one day on 20 December.

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

The union acknowledged the principled determination of Ryanair pilots, which it said had made this breakthrough possible, and said it looked forward to establishing a positive relationship with Ryanair company management.

'Recognising unions will be a significant change for Ryanair, but we have delivered radical change before'.

It is the only time airline boss Michael O'Leary has extended such an invite to union leaders in the 32 years the company has been in business.

However, Impact/Ialpa said it would not call off the action unless Ryanair met union representatives before the proposed strike was due to take place.

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