Ryanair Strike Remains On For Now

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary

In its statement this afternoon, the airline said: "Ryanair has again called on IMPACT/ IALPA to cancel the threatened industrial action on Wednesday Dec 20 (as the Italian and German unions have already done) which is causing unnecessary concern and worry for thousands of Ryanair customers travelling home during Christmas week".

Impact initially responded today by saying it would not suspend the walk-out until after meeting Ryanair, but announced in a statement this evening that the strike was off.

Unions representing Ryanair pilots in Ireland and Portugal on Sunday suspended plans to strike before Christmas, lifting the threat of industrial action at the low-priced giant after it agreed on Friday to recognise trade unions for the first time.

While some unions agreed to suspend action, the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association wanted more clarification.

Pilots in Germany had voted to take industrial action some time during the Christmas period.

Speaking to RTÉ yesterday morning, Bernard Harbor said the union wanted the meeting to make sure there was substance to the offer Ryanair had made, and to flesh out how the airline's recognition of unions would proceed.

The strike has been suspended as company management have agreed to recognise the union of pilots based in Ireland.

Mr Harbor said IMPACT had spoken to senior Ryanair management, telling them they were ready to meet them at any time.

In Spain, there are no strikes planned for pilots, but ground staff unions have not ruled out action on December 30.

Chief executive Michael O'Leary said the airline would reconsider its policy of refusing to recognise labour groups.

Ryanair says it is now demanding the threat of strikes is lifted from its customers - already inconvenienced by the company's rota blunders this autumn that led to the travel plans of 700,000 people being scrapped.

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