Ryanair has made clear that it is ready to cooperate with pilot unions as it’s interested in preventing strikes during the Christmas time. Back in the week some 79 Ryanair pilots in Dublin had said that on 20th of December they would go on a one day strike. Pilots from Italy, Germany and Portugal were preparing an action for the company as well.
Never before Ryanair recognized pilot unions, however this time it said the approach was altered so as to prevent flight issues and inconvenience to passengers over the Christmas. Written letters has been sent to unions in 6 European countries offering them negotiations.
The Irish union confirmed it had got the letter today in the morning. It also said it was examining the proposal, while the public statement would follow the message to the company itself.
Brian Strutton of the UK’s pilots’ union wrote in a tweet that they had got the negotiations proposal too but they’d respond some time later.
Unions would be recognized by the airline as representatives of Ryanair pilots in these 6 countries in case they organize committees formed of the company’s pilots to work with problems of Ryanair, and the airline would not cooperate with pilots involved with competitors in any country, as the company said.