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

The chief executive of Ryanair said that the airline would recognise unions in order to avoid Christmas strikes

The chief executive of Ryanair said that the airline would recognise unions in order to avoid Christmas strikes

The Portuguese pilots" strike scheduled for Wednesday was suspended by SPAC owing to Ryanair's decision to recognise the union "and its commitment to open negotiations with the aim of entering into a company agreement'.

The union had warned industrial action would go ahead unless company management arranged to meet before Wednesday - the day of the planned strike.

Ryanair pilots in Portugal decided on Sunday to suspend their strike set for December 20 after the company agreed to recognise the unions and negotiate on Friday in a surprise decision, Portugal's Union of Civil Aviation Pilots (SPAC) said.

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.

Mr Harbor said IMPACT had spoken to senior Ryanair management, telling them they were ready to meet them at any time.

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

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 airline's chief operations officer, Peter Bellew, confirmed the planned meetings in a social media post on Saturday, saying "let's keep talking".

Ryanair's move was announced on Friday, after pilots' unions in Germany, Italy, Ireland, Britain, Spain and Portugal threatened unprecedented industrial action in the run-up to the Christmas holidays against unsatisfactory working conditions.

So the ball was back in Ryanair's court, and they released a statement offering to meet on Tuesday.

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