Ryanair writes to IMPACT setting out details of union recognition

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In a statement after the meeting, IMPACT - which includes the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association - said: "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".

Reeves said: "These allegations of hours of unpaid work, of charges for uniforms, of fees being incurred to leave, suggest a company falling well short of its duty to the staff who help their planes get off the ground and who spend the flight attending to and serving its paying customers. Rather, Ryanair is trying to win time and attempting to delay the beginning of collective bargaining".

"Ryanair management has today confirmed in writing that it now recognised Impact as the representative of the airline's pilots for collective bargaining purposes, with immediate effect", Impact said in a statement.

Update 5.45pm: Ryanair sincerely regrets receiving notice of a threatened four-hour pilot strike in Germany tomorrow.

Ryanair, on the other hand, said only that it had written to the VC "on a number of outstanding issues arising from the meeting in Dublin yesterday" and that it had agreed to meet the VC again on January 5.

Not recognising unions was at the heart of O'Leary's low-priced business model that helped transform a small Irish regional airline into Europe's largest carrier by passenger numbers.

IMPACT had given the airline a midday deadline to provide formal recognition, saying that strike action could be renewed if an agreement wasn't delivered.

The union cautioned that it expected management to reach agreement on procedures quickly so that the parties could move on to negotiate "substantial issues" around pilots' pay and working conditions.

Irish no-frills airline Ryanair said Thursday that it is formally recognising an Irish pilots' trade union in a bid to resolve a long-running row, but still faces strike threats elsewhere.

On that basis, the company's confirmation meant the danger of industrial action had "receded for the present", the union added.

"We will be engaging with Ryanair company council, which is made up of our Ryanair pilots, and we will be developing our agenda", she told RTÉ's News at One.

However, the group cancelled the strikes after Ryanair's offer to talk about the trade unions' complaints, covering areas such as the carrier's strategy as well as pay and employment models in the fast-growing budget airline industry.

IMPACT has asked for a document confirming Ryanair's commitment to union recognition by midday, which it is expecting it will get before the deadline.

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