German pilots' union calls first-ever Ryanair strike on Friday

German pilots' union calls first-ever Ryanair strike on Friday

Update 1.04pm: Strike action has been averted at Ryanair once again after the airline wrote to IMPACT setting out its plans to recognise the pilots' union.

The pilots plan to hold a warning strike between 5 am and 9 am (0400 and 0800 GMT) on all of the Irish carrier's services from German airports.

The union said that Ryanair was refusing to deal with two pilots it had nominated.

"We advise all customers in Germany to turn up as normal tomorrow, as we plan to operate all scheduled flights, and we will be doing our utmost to minimise any disruptions", spokesman Robin Kiely said in a statement.

"Ryanair's public offer to conduct negotiations with VC can only be classified as a further publicity stunt", said Ingolf Schumacher, head of Cockpit's industrial department.

"IMPACT will now immediately start work to make union recognition in Ryanair a practical reality by working with management to establish a formal collective bargaining agreement, and then by using this opportunity to win improved security, terms, and working conditions for the airline's pilots".

The strike was suspended, and management met unions for the first time in the company's history earlier this week.

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"We will be engaging with Ryanair company council, which is made up of our Ryanair pilots, and we will be developing our agenda", she told RTÉ's News at One.

Ryanair last week took the unprecedented step of offering to finally recognize unions after crew in Germany, Ireland, Britain, Italy, Spain and Portugal threatened walkouts in long-running rows over pay and conditions.

In a letter to the union obtained by Bloomberg, Eddie Wilson, Ryanair's chief people office, proposed an agenda for the January meeting while saying the union delegation should be composed of VC officials and "currently employed Ryanair pilots in Germany".

"Ryanair has written today to the VC union on a number of outstanding issues arising from the meeting in Dublin yesterday", the company said in a statement.

The airline and the union will meet on January 3 to agree a comprehensive recognition agreement.

The low-priced carrier said it had sent a letter to Impact officials with proposals on pay and conditions and procedures for dealing with industrial relations disputes. "We'll also be talking to the representatives of Ryanair pilots who were also involved in Tuesday's meeting", Mr Harbor added.

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