Ryanair pilots have suspended their pre-Christmas strike after the airline agreed to recognise unions. The airline announced the policy change on Friday and the unions’ decision to suspend the strike was announced in response.
The airline had announced its major policy change on Friday that, for the only time in more than 30 years, means a tentative agreement to independent representation for its pilots as per the Impact union demands.
The Impact Union in Ireland is meeting Ryanair management tomorrow night (Tuesday), to discuss the details ahead of what would have been Wednesday’s planned action.
On Sunday (December 17 2017), Impact issued the following statement, “Impact has this evening suspended a planned one-day strike of Ryanair pilots next Wednesday after company management agreed to recognise the union as the representative of Irish-based pilots. The union has agreed to meet management on Tuesday evening, but says it is available to meet sooner. The union asked management to release its Ryanair pilot representatives to prepare for and attend the meeting. The union acknowledges the principled determination of Ryanair pilots.”
Although unions in other countries have also suspended their strike action, they have requested more clarification. Italy and Portugal have called off planned strikes, but Irish pilot union Ialpa said it wishes to meet the airline before abandoning any plans for industrial action.
Speaking on behalf of Impact yesterday, Niall Shanahan said that “the devil is in the detail”.
Ryanair’s chief operations officer, Peter Bellew, Tweeted last night to confirm the cancellation of strikes by pilots in Dublin and Portugal. he said, “Dublin Ryanair pilot strike cancelled by Impact Union for Wednesday. Talks start Tuesday evening. Let’s get folks back home quietly for Xmas. Good to talk.”
The news should come as some relief to the airline, whose scheduling blunder in the autumn adversely affected the travel plans of approximately 700,000 passengers and resulted in a PR disaster.