Union 'not in a position' to cancel strike by Ryanair pilots

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According to the German pilots' union, Ryanair offers no continued payment of wages in the event of sickness, no obligatory work schedule, no retirement planning and a widely prevalent system of pseudo-self-employed pilots.

The announcement was made on Sunday night by the Impact trade union which also represents in this case Ialpa, the pilots' union.

Ryanair and the Irish pilots' union look set to meet for talks next week in a bid to avert a pre-Christmas strike.

In its latest statement Ryanair has now said that it will "change its long standing policy of not recognizing unions in order to avoid any threat of disruption to its customers and its flights from pilot unions during Christmas week". However, it is unclear which day the two side will meet.

However, Impact/Ialpa said it would not call off the action unless Ryanair met union representatives before the proposed strike was due to take place.

A spokesman added: "Once we meet, we can take a decision on deferring industrial action".

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

It is the first time Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has extended such an invitation to union leaders in the 32 years the company has been flying.

It has asked the airline to release its pilot representatives so they can prepare for and attend the meeting.

"Union meetings planned next week and January".

O'Leary noted that the move would mark a significant change for the airline.

About 117 Ireland-based pilots had threatened to walk out on Wednesday delivering flight chaos and scuppering passengers' plans for the festive season.

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