Ryanair says agrees to new meeting with German union VC

Ryanair says agrees to new meeting with German union VC

Ryanair says agrees to new meeting with German union VC

The union had last week called a strike of its Ryanair pilots in Ireland for December 20 but then the Dublin-based airline broke with its 33-year policy of refusing to engage with unions and the strike was called off. IMPACT says the ongoing progress means "the danger of industrial action had receded for the present".

IMPACT's Bernard Harbor explained: "We've very recently received correspondence from Ryanair in response to the meeting that we held on Tuesday evening".

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.

IMPACT, an umbrella union which covers several industries in Ireland, said in a statement: "Ryanair management has confirmed in writing that it now recognises IMPACT as the representative of the airline's pilots for collective bargaining purposes, with immediate effect".

"In the history of the VC, there has not been a case in which the collective bargaining autonomy has been trampled on by an employer as it is now with Ryanair".

"This is good news for Ryanair pilots, passengers and shareholders", she said.

Ryanair apologises sincerely to any German customers anxious or affected by this threatened 4 hour strike tomorrow morning.

"We hope that our German pilots will put the needs of our customers first during Christmas week". We advise all customers in Germany to turn up as normal tomorrow, as we plan to operate all scheduled flights, and we will be doing our upmost to minimise any disruptions to the Christmas travel plans of our German customers.

Ryanair on Thursday urged its German pilots not to take part in a four-hour strike called for Friday that would be the first such industrial action taken by the Irish carrier's pilots. As a result, the danger of industrial action by Irish-based pilots had receded.

IMPACT has accepted an invitation from Ryanair management to meet on 3 January "to agree a comprehensive recognition agreement that will establish collective bargaining procedures in the airline".

Ryanair said separately that it had formally recognized Impact while also submitting proposals on issues including pay and dispute resolution.

The airline had been facing a host of strikes across the Continent but conducted a major U-turn this month that seemed to have warded off the issue by pledging to acknowledge unions - something its boss Michael O'Leary once said would only happen when "hell freezes over".

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