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

18 December, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • Irish pilot union agrees Ryanair talks ahead of planned strike

IMPACT says it wants to meet Ryanair sooner rather than later to see if Wednesday's planned strike action by pilots can be called off.

Impact, which represents Irish-based pilots, has agreed to meet the low-priced carrier's management on Tuesday evening ahead of the planned strike on Wednesday.

In its latest statement Ryanair has now said that it will "change its long standing policy of not recognizing unions in order to avoid any threat of disruption to its customers and its flights from pilot unions during Christmas week".

Mr Harbor said IMPACT had spoken to senior Ryanair management, telling them they were ready to meet them at any time.

Ryanair has sought a meeting with the Irish Airline Pilots' Association on that day, according to The Independent.

According to the German pilots' union, Ryanair offers no continued payment of wages in the event of sickness, no obligatory work schedule, no retirement planning and a widely prevalent system of pseudo-self-employed pilots.

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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".

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

There were hopes of a breakthrough yesterday when the airline agreed to their demand for union recognition.

Friday's announcement led to Italian pilots' union Anpac and Portuguese union Spac calling off strike action due to take place next week.

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

Ryanair, Europe's second-largest airline by passenger numbers, has been forced to cancel 20,000 flights through to March because of pilot scheduling problems stretching back to September.


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