Ryanair set to meet with union for the first time ever today

Ryanair to meet with union today to avoid tomorrow's pilot strike action

He added that Ryanair reps were handed a deadline of noon on Thursday to acknowledge the union in writing, adding: "The union reiterated its position that its mandate for strike action can be implemented, after the required notice is given, in the absence of a timely agreement".

The IMPACT statement in full read: "While Ryanair management said they recognised IMPACT/IALPA for collective bargaining purposes at this evening's meeting (19th December), they said they were unable to give the union a piece of paper to confirm this".

"This is disappointing given all that's been said in the media over the last five days".

Ryanair management met pilot union representatives for the first time in its 32-year history on Tuesday, but the Irish union said industrial action was still possible unless the airline provided written confirmation that it was recognising the union.

Today marks the first-ever meeting with a union since the airline was founded over three decades ago.

Ryanair is to recognise cabin crew unions for the first time, the company said.

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"Ryanair is moving to recognize unions, starting this week with meetings with Irish, German and Portuguese pilot unions".

The airline's CEO Michael O'Leary commented on the move: "Christmas flights are very important to our customers and we wish to remove any worry or concern that they may be disrupted by pilot industrial action next week".

It also confirmed it will recognise cabin crew unions.

Ryanair has narrowly avoided disruption to its services after its pilots called off a pre-Christmas strike.

UFO chairman Alexander Behrens welcomed Ryanair's willingness to talk to pilots, but warned it could be an attempt to avert strikes in several European countries over the busy Christmas season.

Back in September, they were forced to cancel 20,000 flights due to a roster error which forced them to offer pilots bonuses of €10,000 to keep other planes in the air.

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