Ryanair Pilots Set Recognition Deadline as Strike Threat Lingers

Chelsea West
December 21, 2017

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.

However, arriving earlier for the meeting with the pilots' union IMPACT, Chief Operations Officer Peter Bellew said that expected a total increase of €100 million across pilots and cabin crew, and that there would be no change to the airline's guidance for profitability.

Ryanair Holdings Plc's Irish pilots gave the company less than two days to come up with a agreement to recognize their labor union.

He called on Ryanair to respond swiftly to the request for a signed document as the union does not want "to be in an industrial action phase".

"As soon as Ryanair proposes a concrete and binding date in January, we will of course take them up on it", UFO union board member Nicoley Baublies said in a statement on Wednesday.

It was the first meeting between the airline and a trade union in the company's 32-year history. "We're decisive in it", he said. "Everywhere I turned, I could see that people were asking for small things to be done and they just weren't getting done", he was quoted as saying.

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Mr Wilson said Ryanair was interested in the outcome and not the rituals but that they would get there.

He added the union was seeking to fast-track talks on recognition and confirmed that the company was very happy to do this.

VC said in advance of the meeting that it was looking for reassurances that Ryanair was genuine in its promise to recognize unions and threatened action if it turned out to be a tactic to delay strikes beyond Christmas.

The Irish airline, Europe's largest by passenger numbers, announced last week that it would recognise pilots' unions in a bid to head off strikes planned in the run-up to Christmas.

Michael O'Leary said Ryanair "will now deal with our pilots through recognised national union structures".

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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