Flying Home For Christmas? Update On Planned Ryanair Strike

The chief executive of Ryanair said that the airline would recognise unions in order to avoid Christmas strikes

"The British and Italian pilots' unions have agreed to meet with Ryanair in early January".

Impact said it called off the strike action because Ryanair had agreed to recognise the union as the representative of its Irish-based pilots.

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.

However, the strike has not been officially called off and uncertainty remains for passengers booked on certain flights during one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

The airline said that it is now prepared to meet union representatives on Tuesday in a bid to avert industrial action, after initially saying it could only meet them on Wednesday.

An upcoming Ryanair pilot strike has been suspended after the airline agreed to talks - much to the relief of those flying overseas for Christmas.

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According to the German pilots' union, Ryanair offers no continued payment of wages in the event of sickness, no obligatory work schedule, no retirement planning and a widely prevalent system of pseudo-self-employed pilots.

So far there has been no response from unions to say if that is enough.

"Ryanair has also offered to meet Impact/IALPA, and their Ryanair pilot committee on Tuesday, December 19, if that would suit them better", read the statement.

IMPACT has suspended the action threatened by pilots next Wednesday.

O'Leary noted that the move would mark a significant change for the airline.

Trade union IMPACT released a statement this evening declaring the suspension of the strike action.

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