Ryanair’s First Ever Meeting With Union Today


The first ever talks between unions and management at Ryanair will take place later.

It follows a policy U-turn by the airline last week – which is trying to avoid a Christmas strike.

Last Friday Ryanair surprised customers and staff alike when it agreed to recognise unions for the first time in its 32-year-history.

The move has been seen as a major climbdown by its famously outspoken boss Michael O’Leary, who once memorably said he’d rather cut off his own hands than negotiate with unions.

But past claims aside, negotiate they will, as a meeting is scheduled for later today.

The timing here is crucial – it’s just 24 hours before planned pilot strikes in Ireland, Italy and Portugal.

Ryainair says it’s updating its business model to keep its customers happy and ensure there will be no disruption to their Christmas travel plans.

But there’s still no guarantees – the union IMPACT – representing Irish pilots is warning the strike is ‘suspended’ rather than cancelled.

It now all hinges on the outcome of today’s talks and the fine print for official union recognition.

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