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Ryanair pilots suspend planned strike action

18 December, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary

Ryanair and the Irish pilots' union look set to meet for talks next week in a bid to avert a pre-Christmas strike.

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

However, the airline had said that management would not be able to meet with IMPACT representatives until Wednesday.

The threat of a wave of strike action across Europe by Ryanair pilots prompted the airline to make one of the biggest U-turns in its history on Friday.

Britain's Balpa union said on Saturday said it had accepted Ryanair's offer to represent British-based pilots, but only if the TUC federation of British trade unions was allowed to attend future talks.

Impact, which represents Irish-based pilots, has agreed to meet the low-priced carrier's management on Tuesday evening ahead of the planned strike on Wednesday.


Ryanair has never recognised unions, but it said it would change this policy in order to avoid disruption to flights and passengers in Christmas week.

The suspended industrial action had been planned with the support of 94 percent of pilots directly employed by Ryanair in Ireland.

"Ryanair today confirmed that the German pilot union and IMPACT/IALPA have agreed to Ryanair's offer of meetings to agree union recognition on Wednesday 20 December", said the statement.

If the strike had gone ahead it would have seen the majority of the firm's captains in Ireland walk out.

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

Pilots had mobilised in the wake of the announcement of 20,000 flight cancellations by the Irish carrier, which it blamed on a rota failure.

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