Ryanair pilots suspend planned pre-Christmas strike

Ryanair pilots suspend planned pre-Christmas strike

An upcoming Ryanair pilot strike has been suspended after the airline agreed to talks - much to the relief of those flying overseas for Christmas.

Ryanair's offer came after the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA) had warned that its members working for the carrier were planning to walk out on Wednesday 20 December.

It was announced earlier today that next week's strike action would go ahead unless Ryanair management arranged to meet with IMPACT ahead of Wednesday's strike action.

On Saturday night, Ryanair offered to meet on Tuesday, but Impact refused to budge.

Pilots in Germany had voted to take industrial action some time during the Christmas period.

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".

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

The Portuguese pilot union has requested a meeting and Ryanair has offered to meet them on Thursday December 21st.

There could be a breakthrough in attempts to avert Ryanair's first ever pilots' strike.

"Union meetings planned next week and January".

Chief executive Michael O'Leary conceded the measure having said in the past that he would never recognise collective bargaining.

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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