Ryanair says agrees to new meeting with German union VC

German union calls for Friday Ryanair strike

The decision by one of Europe's largest airlines to deal with unions after years of opposition follows threatened pre-Christmas strike action by Irish-based pilots, which was called off earlier this week.

In a statement after the meeting, IMPACT - which includes the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association - said: "The union reiterated its position that its mandate for strike action can be implemented, after the required notice is given, in the absence of a timely agreement".

"All pilots directly employed by Ryanair will be called to strike", Cockpit said in a statement Thursday.

The union there said the danger of industrial had "receded for the present" after Ryanair agreed to formally recognize Impact as the representative for the airline's pilots.

IMPACT has asked for a document confirming Ryanair's commitment to union recognition by midday, which it is expecting it will get before the deadline.

"We advise all customers in Germany to turn up as normal tomorrow, as we plan to operate all scheduled flights, and we will be doing our utmost to minimise any disruptions to the Christmas travel plans of our German customers".




The action forms part of a long-running dispute over conditions, the pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said on Thursday.

"IMPACT will now immediately start work to make union recognition in Ryanair a practical reality by working with management to establish a formal collective bargaining agreement, and then by using this opportunity to win improved security, terms, and working conditions for the airline's pilots".

"Ryanair continues to play for time and as a result prevents the launch of collective bargaining", said VC negotiator Ingolf Schumacher.

"In the history of the VC, there has never been a case in which the collective bargaining autonomy has been trampled on by an employer as it is now the case with Ryanair".

The airline had been facing a host of strikes across the Continent but conducted a major U-turn this month that seemed to have warded off the issue by pledging to acknowledge unions - something its boss Michael O'Leary once said would only happen when "hell freezes over".

The Ryanair pilots in Germany said they had wanted to join their counterparts in Ireland, Italy as well as Portugal and mount a strike on Wednesday. IMPACT confirmed Thursday it had received the written recognition confirmation it requested.

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