Ryanair offers to meet with union ahead of strike action

Ryanair offers to meet with union ahead of strike action

And an IALPA official warned the talks may come too late to halt a strike.

It said: 'The union has agreed to meet management on Tuesday evening, but says it is available to meet sooner.

It is understood the IMPACT trade union is considering the offer.

"Let's keep talking. Get people home quietly for Christmas", Ryanair Chief Operations Officer Peter Bellew said in a statement on Saturday.

Ryanair pilots were planning strike action for Wednesday but it has been suspended.

A spokesman added: "Once we meet, we can take a decision on deferring industrial action".

The Impact trade union is looking for further reassurances from the airline before calling off its planned walkout on Wednesday.




It is the first time Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has extended such an invitation to union leaders in the 32 years the company has been flying.

Earlier this week, 79 Dublin-based Ryanair pilots had said they would strike for one day on 20 December.

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

The carrier said it would recognise these unions "as the representative body for pilots in Ryanair in each of these countries, as long as they establish 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".

German union Vereinigung Cockpit said the onus was now on Ryanair to "prove that this announcement is serious".

"Union meetings planned next week and January".

RYANAIR will announce "contingency plans" for passengers facing a 24-hour strike in the run-up to Christmas tomorrow.

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