Ryanair to meet Irish pilots' union in bid to halt strike

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Ryanair made the landmark change in its policy after unionised pilots in Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Italy, and Spain all voted for industrial action in recent weeks.

"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.

The IMPACT union has said that it is not in a position to call off Wednesday's planned strike action by Ryanair pilots until it meets with the company.

Ryanair has said it is prepared to recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid strike disruption over the Christmas period.

Ryanair says it is now demanding the threat of strikes is lifted from its customers - already inconvenienced by the company's rota blunders this autumn that led to the travel plans of 700,000 people being scrapped.

It has also called on the unions to call off the December 20 strike.

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On Saturday evening Ryanair issued a statement, offering to meet the union and their Ryanair Pilot Committee on Tuesday "if that would suit them better".

Impact said it would meet Ryanair management on Tuesday and "looked forward to establishing a positive relationship".

The BALPA union 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.

Ryanair has sought a meeting with the Irish Airline Pilots' Association on that day, according to The Independent.

Mr Harbor said IMPACT had spoken to senior Ryanair management, telling them they were ready to meet them at any time.

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