Travel chaos averted as Ryanair pilots call off strike action

20 December, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Ryanair to meet with union today to avoid tomorrow's pilot strike action

Portuguese union SPAC has also cancelled plans to strike on Wednesday, with a meeting proposed for Thursday to discuss recognition.

The news came ahead of Ryanair's meeting later in the day with Impact, the union representing Irish pilots.

"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".

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The airline is due to meet a pilots' union for the first time in its 32-year history on Tuesday. The airline has already seen significant disruption to its services this year, after issues with pilot scheduling and cabin crew revolts saw thousands of flights cancelled. Chief executive Michael O'Leary said on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, the airline wants to ease customers' concerns "that they may be disrupted by pilot industrial action next week".

The airline reversed its longstanding refusal to recognize pilots' unions last week, saying it had invited several for talks because it wished to "avoid any threat of disruption to its customers and its flights from pilot unions during Christmas week".

In a statement issued in the aftermath of the meeting, IMPACT said that Ryanair "were unable to give the union a piece of paper to confirm" the fact that Ryanair recognised IMPACT/IALPA (Irish Air Line Pilots' Association) for collective bargaining purposes, something that Ryanair had acknowledged publicly in recent days.

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"He has said in the past that hell would freeze over before he would recognise unions".

The analyst foresees Ryanair struggling to maintain their rapid growth in the wake of recognising the union, which he says could halt further growth.

The planned strikes would have significantly affected the airline's Dublin operations, with its Dublin based directly employed pilots originally planning to stop work on December 20.

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