Ryanair pledges recognition of Irish trade union

Chelsea West
December 22, 2017

IMPACT had given the airline a midday deadline to provide formal recognition, saying that strike action could be renewed if an agreement wasn't delivered.

But the airline said that when it met with Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) in Germany this week, part of the union's Ryanair Pilots Council contingent included a former Ryanair contract pilot who is in a legal battle with the carrier.

In a statement after the meeting, IMPACT - which includes the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association - said: "The union reiterated its position that its mandate for strike action can be implemented, after the required notice is given, in the absence of a timely agreement".

The Italian union Anpac said it planned to meet with Ryanair representatives in Rome in January.

Ryanair said the strike is "unjustified" given that the sides have agreed to meet again on January 5, adding that the pilot council which attended the talks had not been elected by its own staff and contained one person who is now in litigation with the company.

"It'll be around security, terms of conditions of employment for our Ryanair pilots".

It went on: "Ryanair has also submitted a set of proposals on pay and conditions, procedures and dispute resolution for its Irish based pilots, and looks forward to concluding an early agreement on these issues with its Irish Ryanair pilot company council".

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Ryanair had held initial discussions with Impact on Tuesday evening.

Ryanair's conditional offer to recognize pilot unions prompted unions in other European countries to suspend their strike plans.

"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", he said.

In Germany, Cockpit said it regretted the travel disruptions and urged passengers to contact Ryanair about the impact on flights.

Earlier on Thursday, the VC had sent a memo to its Ryanair pilots telling them to stay alert for a possible "call-for-strike" message on their phones later in the day.

Ryanair has pledged in writing to recognise an Irish trade union - a first for the airline.

"Rather, Ryanair is trying to win time and attempting to delay the beginning of collective bargaining", Schumacher said.

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