German cabin crew union urges Ryanair to set date for talks

Ann Santiago
December 21, 2017

There was some confusion as to whether Ryanair would also recognize unions representing other workers but on Tuesday it confirmed it would also recognize cabin crew unions and would seek talks with them.

Ryanair has estimated that its cost base will rise by a total of €100 million a year following its decision to recognise unions.

Speaking after the talks, Ryanair's Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson said he is pleased with how they went.

He said the unions also reminded management they could reactive their intent to strike in the absence of a "timely agreement".

He said IMPACT would be asking them to put in place very quickly the procedures required to make a reality out of the company's commitment to recognise unions - including how they are going to engage over the coming weeks and months.

Earlier this year, he argued that pilots' unions are a "busted flush" who "preside over the death of numerous flag carrier airlines".

Pilots called off tomorrow's threatened pre-Christmas one-day strike pending the outcome of today's negotiations.

Michael O'Leary said Ryanair "will now deal with our pilots through recognised national union structures".

According to a recording of a meeting obtained by the Irish Independent newspaper, Ryanair executives told pilots at Stansted last week that the airline had "grown too fast" and lost their trust, but was working hard to restore it.

The Irish airline, Europe's largest by passenger numbers, announced last week that it would recognise pilots' unions in a bid to head off strikes planned in the run-up to Christmas.

"As Ryanair's statement of Friday 15 Dec made clear, Ryanair is moving to recognise unions, starting this week with meetings with Irish, German and Portuguese pilot unions".

Shares in the airline reversed some of its recent losses and were higher in Dublin trade today.

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