18 DECEMBER 2017


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Article from BTNews 18 DECEMBER 2017

Ryanair bows to unions

Threatened disruption over the Christmas period by Ryanair pilots appeared to have been averted at the weekend.

It followed the airline announcing it was willing in the interests of its passengers to change its long-standing policy of not recognising unions.

CEO Michael O’Leary said: “Recognising unions will be a significant change for Ryanair, but we have delivered radical change before. 

“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.

“If the best way to achieve this is to talk to our pilots through a recognised union process, then we are prepared to do so, and we have written to these unions inviting them to talks … and calling on them to cancel the threatened industrial action.”

Unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal were contacted and invited to talks to recognise them as the representative bodies for Ryanair pilots in each country.

However, Ryanair said recognition was contingent on the unions establishing “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”.


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