Published on : Saturday, December 16, 2017
The low-cost airline, Ryanair has agreed to alter its longstanding policy and recognise pilot unions in a slew of countries across Europe, including the UK so as to avoid the travel chaos during this big Christmas break.
The airline said that they have communicated with the pilot unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal and have invited them to talk to recognise these unions as the representative body for pilots of Ryanair.
Chief executive Michael O’Leary said that Christmas flights are very important to their customers and that they wish to remove any worry or concern that the passengers may be disrupted by pilot industrial action next week during Christmas travel.
He said that the best way to achieve this is to talk to the pilots through a recognised union process. Mr O’Leary said that recognising unions would be a “significant change for Ryanair” but that the airline had “delivered radical change before”.
Unionisation has been resisted by the Ryanair since its formation in 1985. But in September the giant airline abruptly cancelled 20,000 flights because of botched pilot rostering.
The need and increased industrial muscle has made the pilots grow their demands. However, this move by Ryanair might help to defuse the situation.