German cabin crew union urges Ryanair to set date for talks

German cabin crew union urges Ryanair to set date for talks

German cabin crew union urges Ryanair to set date for talks

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

He said they would also be recognising unions for their 8,000 cabin crew.

Earlier this year, he argued that pilots' unions are a "busted flush" who "preside over the death of numerous flag carrier airlines".

"If anything it accentuates the Ryanair model", he said.

Ryanair RYA.I sees chances for new bases in France and Scandinavia thanks to its move to recognise unions, the Irish low-priced carrier's Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told Reuters on Tuesday.

"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".

Ryanair is due to meet a pilots' union for the first time in its 32-year history
Ryanair is due to meet a pilots' union for the first time in its 32-year history

Ryanair has said it will recognise cabin crew unions and hold meetings in the new year, as it prepared to start its first ever talks with pilots' unions in Dublin on Tuesday.

A spokesman said the prospect of strike action in Ireland, originally called for Wednesday, had not gone away and that the mandate remained should Ryanair not properly meet requests for union representation.

Mr O'Leary said the move was "putting the needs of our customers first, and avoiding disruption to their Christmas flights".

It wants the company to clarify the detail of it's agreement on Friday - to recognise unions for the first time in the company's history.

Pilots suspended their strike to allow for talks but reserved the right to resume their industrial action if Ryanair does not engage in good faith.

The airline reversed its long standing policy of refusing to recognise unions last Friday when faced with pilot strikes in Ireland, Italy and Portugal tomorrow.

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