Ryanair pilots call off threatened strike action

Around 120 members of the Irish Airlines Pilots Association/IMPACT union had threatened to strike at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports on Wednesday.

Fears of Christmas chaos for tens of thousands of travellers have been calmed after Ryanair pilots called off threatened strike action - writes dublinlive.ie.

The carrier is to meet trade union reps tomorrow after a dramatic u-turn by the company will see it recognise unions for the first time in its 32-year history.

Around 120 members of the Irish Airlines Pilots Association/IMPACT union had threatened to strike at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports on Wednesday.

IMPACT said late on Sunday that company management had agreed to recognise the union as the representative of Irish-based pilots.

“The union asked management to release its Ryanair pilot representatives to prepare for and attend the meeting,” IMPACT said in a statement.

“The union acknowledged the principled determination of Ryanair pilots, which it said had made this breakthrough possible, and said it looked forward to establishing a positive relationship with Ryanair company management.”

Ryanair had been preparing to publish contingency plans for its passengers today (MON) ahead of the threatened industrial action.

A statement on the airline’s website said: “We apologise sincerely to our customers for any worry or concern this threatened action, by a small number of very well-paid pilots, may cause them.

“Rest assured we will do everything we can to minimise disruption.”

Meanwhile, two financial analysts have questioned if Michael O’Leary’s reign as chief executive is coming to an end after the share price tumbled 9% to €14.90 on Friday.

David Holohan of Merrion Capital said recognition of unions raised questions about ability to meet growth targets.

Mark Simpson, an aviation analyst at Goodbody Stockbrokers, added: “This is diametrically opposed to commentary from Michael O’Leary so it has raised question marks over his longevity.”

But the airline said: “Many analysts lack imagination.”

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