Ryanair in union supply to keep away from Christmas strikes

Ryanair in union supply to keep away from Christmas strikes

Ryanair in union supply to keep away from Christmas strikes

Niall Shanahan, a spokesman for Impact, a union to which IALPA is affiliated, said: "We indicated to Ryanair that we were happy to meet them on Wednesday, but we would not be in a position to consider suspending the scheduled industrial action until we met them".

In a statement IMPACT said it is available to meet with management today or anytime over the weekend.

This afternoon, Ryanair released a statement saying that have offered to meet with IMPACT members on Tuesday, a day before the proposed strike.

The carrier said it would recognise these unions "as the representative body for pilots in Ryanair in each of these countries, as long as they establish committees of Ryanair pilots to deal with Ryanair issues, as Ryanair will not engage with pilots who fly for competitor airlines in Ireland or elsewhere".

During a conference call with the pilots, Mr O'Leary is understood to have said that the offer of union recognition from Ryanair today is genuine.

The threat of a wave of strike action across Europe by Ryanair pilots prompted the airline to make one of the biggest U-turns in its history on Friday.

The pilots had backed industrial action by a margin of 94 per cent to six per cent in secret ballots.

If the strike had gone ahead it would have seen the majority of the firm's captains in Ireland walk out.

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

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

In Spain, there are no strikes planned for pilots, but ground staff unions have not ruled out action on December 30.

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