Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Ryanair offers to meet with pilots' union before planned strike action

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary
Lindsey Cook | 17 December, 2017, 04:06

RYANAIR has offered to meet with their Irish pilots' union a day before the planned strike next week.

"It has invited each of them to talks to recognise these unions as the representative body for pilots in Ryanair in each of these countries".

VC had threatened Ryanair with strike action, joining unions in other countries to put pressure on the airline's management as they sought to negotiate better contracts.

Speaking to RTÉ this morning, Bernard Harbor of IMPACT said the union wanted the meeting to make sure there was substance to the offer Ryanair had made, and to flesh out how the airline's recognition of unions would proceed.

Ryanair has stated that they will only be able to meet on the 20th, the same day as the planned strike and have remained firm, saying that they cannot meet before the 20th.

However, the airline had said that management would not be able to meet with IMPACT representatives until Wednesday.

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Mr O'Leary spoke to the airline's chief captains across its nearly 90 bases.

Aviation journalist Gerry Byrne thinks the pilots are being cautious because Ryanair's offer doesn't meet all their demands.

As a result of this impasse, Impact said it was not withdrawing notice of a 24-hour pilots' strike at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports next Wednesday, December 20th.

Such a move would involve half of the company's pilots - mostly captains - forcing Ryanair to cancel many services.

Liz Blackshaw, International Transport Workers' Federation campaigns director, confirmed on Friday the organisation had written to Ryanair seeking recognition for unions representing cabin crew. "If we get an approach we will consider this", he said.

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