Ryanair pilots in Germany are going on strike just before Christmas

Ryanair pilots in Germany have said they will strike for four hours on December 22

"Impact will now immediately start work to make union recognition in Ryanair a practical reality", it said in a statement, adding that the possibility of industrial action has "receded for the present".

Ryanair on Thursday urged its German pilots not to take part in a four-hour strike called for Friday that would be the first such industrial action taken by the Irish carrier's pilots.

VC said the dispute deepened after initial negotiations, scheduled for Wednesday, were cancelled at short notice over the presence of two members of its team.

Earlier Thursday, Ryanair said it planned to hold more talks with the German union next month.

"Ryanair will continue to engage with the VC union and its German pilots to try to agree a CLA in early January, so tomorrow's four-hour strike serves no objective other than to disrupt thousands of German passengers in Christmas week, exclusively so that the VC can impose a non-elected, non-Ryanair pilot (who is now suing the airline) on its Ryanair Pilots Council", the company said.

It agreed to meet the union in Frankfurt on January 5 to "progress and resolve these issues, which Ryanair expects will lead to a collective labour agreement (CLA) for Ryanair's pilots in Germany."?

Commenting on the official recognition of the union by Ryanair, IMPACT official Ashley Connolly described it as a "historic achievement" that would resonate beyond the company. As a result, the danger of industrial action by Irish-based pilots had receded.

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Last week, Ryanair was facing a threat of strikes from multiple groups of its pilots across Europe.

German union VC called for the strike on Thursday and said that 16 flights would be affected.

"Ryanair has also submitted a set of proposals on pay and conditions, procedures and dispute resolution for its Irish-based pilots, and looks forward to concluding an early agreement on these issues with its Irish Ryanair pilot company council".

"This is good news for Ryanair pilots, passengers and shareholders", she said.

Those were the first since Ryanair had offered on Friday to recognise trade unions, prompting the suspension of strike action planned over the busy festive period - when many travellers head overseas for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

"My colleagues are considering that correspondence, and we'll also obviously be talking to representatives of Ryanair pilots who were also involved in Tuesday evening's meeting".

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