Ryanair latest: Unions 'disappointed' airline did not formally agree to collective bargaining

Ryanair latest: Unions 'disappointed' airline did not formally agree to collective bargaining

The airline has written to pilots in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal inviting each of them to talks to recognise the unions as representative bodies "as long as they establish Committees of Ryanair pilots to deal with Ryanair issues, as Ryanair will not engage with pilots who fly for competitor airlines in Ireland or elsewhere".

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.

Chief executive Michael O'Leary said last Friday: "Christmas flights are very important to our customers and we wish to remove any worry or concern that they may be disrupted by pilot industrial action next week". This is disappointing given all that's been said in the media over the last five days.

Speaking after the talks, Ryanair's Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson said he is pleased with how they went.

Shares in the airline were up 1.6 per cent at €15.20 this morning, recovering some of the ground lost over previous sessions as investors fretted about the cost of the airline's move to recognise unions.

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The Impact union, whose members include cabin crew, said it would be delighted to start talks in due course.

The low-priced carrier said it was making the move to avoid "widespread customer disruptions over Christmas".

A one-day strike had been planned for tomorrow and would have mostly involved captains operating out of Irish bases but doubtless have a severe knock-on effect.

It was the first meeting between the airline and a trade union in the company's 32-year history.

But there's still no gurantees - the union IMPACT - representing irish pilots is warning the strike is suspended rather than cancelled. "We're decisive in it", he said.

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