Flying Home For Christmas? Update On Planned Ryanair Strike

Flying Home For Christmas? Update On Planned Ryanair Strike

He stressed it was vital that both the company and the union meet so the next phase in resolving the dispute could be agreed.

Impact said it called off the strike action because Ryanair had agreed to recognise the union as the representative of its Irish-based pilots.

The statement added: "The union acknowledged the principled determination of Ryanair pilots which it said had made this breakthrough possible and said it looked forward to establishing a positive relationship with Ryanair company management".

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.

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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.

As of Sunday morning, there has been no response from the unions.

Ryanair's offer came after the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA) had warned that its members working for the carrier were planning to walk out on Wednesday 20 December.

An upcoming Ryanair pilot strike has been suspended after the airline agreed to talks - much to the relief of those flying overseas for Christmas.

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The IMPACT trade union responded that "an immediate meeting, between management and the union, is now necessary to clarify issues and make progress".

Ryanair said on Saturday that it would meet the German pilots' union for talks on Wednesday.

"Ryanair has also offered to meet Impact/IALPA, and their Ryanair pilot committee on Tuesday, December 19, if that would suit them better", read the statement.

"Union meetings planned next week and January".

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