Ryanair pilots in Germany declared a four hour strike, schedules for today, in retaliation to what they deem “unsatisfactory negotiations” over union recognition.
According to statements made by the pilots’ union, all initial talks with the airline have now been cancelled. Earlier on, the Irish union, Impact, which represents the pilots had stated that their earlier threat of taking industrial action had “receded for the present”.
In a statement made in response to the pilots’ decision, Ryanair said it “sincerely regrets receiving notice of a threatened four hour pilot strike in Germany”.
The company added that the disruption was “unjustified and unnecessary (since) Ryanair wrote earlier this morning to the VC agreeing to meet them again in Frankfurt… to progress the negotiations on a Collective Labour Agreement for Germany”.
The carrier added that it would recognize unions as the representative body for pilots within the company, “as long as they establish committees of Ryanair pilots to deal with Ryanair issues, as Ryanair will not engage with pilots who fly for competitor airlines in Ireland or elsewhere”.
Responding to Ryanair’s statement, Impact admitted that Ryanair had sent written confirmation recognizing the union last week.
Impact added that the union had also accepted an invitation extended by Ryanair to attend a meeting on January 3, 2018 to agree on a “comprehensive recognition agreement that will establish collective bargaining procedures in the airline”.
Ryanair also stated that it had sent invitations to pilots unions in other parts of Europe including Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, and the UK asking them to be a part of the union recognition talks.
The company has been under a great deal of pressure to resolve the issue after strike threats were issued by pilot unions around Europe in the run-up to Christmas.