Ryanair agrees to recognise pilots´ unions in dramatic…

Ryanair pilots suspend strike ahead of talks

Ryanair pilots suspend strike ahead of talks

Budget airline Ryanair will recognise pilot unions to avoid a Christmas strike on December 20 which would have grounded some flights.

Trade union Impact said the industrial action will go ahead unless management talk to them before December 20.

Ryanair has made a dramatic U-turn and agreed to recognise pilots' unions for the first time in its history, after it was threatened with a potentially-crippling strike just days before Christmas.

A spokesman for the airline this morning said there was no further update on that position.

The airline on Tuesday had previously insisted that any discussion of pay and working conditions should be discussed through management-controlled "employee representative councils".

Impact had warned Mr O'Leary that the threatened industrial action would either ground flights or generate substantial losses for the company.

This afternoon, Ryanair released a statement saying that have offered to meet with IMPACT members on Tuesday, a day before the proposed strike. "Given the seriousness of the situation I think it would be good if they could move their diaries around and find availability".

It has also emerged that Ryanair cabin crew trade unions are seeking recognition alongside its pilots in a move that will add to the pressures faced by the Irish low-priced airline.

She added that the federation had written to the airline on behalf of 30 unions, representing large numbers of cabin crew in Europe, which met in Florence in Italy this week to discuss Ryanair.

"Putting the needs of our customers first, and avoiding disruption to their Christmas flights, is the reason why we will now deal with our pilots through recognised national union structures and we hope and expect that these structures can and will be agreed with our pilots early in the New Year".

Ryanair said Impact had promised to call off the strike if it conceded recognition.

IALPA said it needed an urgent meeting with management to clarify a number of issues before it would call off the action.

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