‘The danger of further industrial action’ – the bosses of Ryanair to meet with the pilots Union in crunch talks

  • ‘The danger of further industrial action’ – the bosses of Ryanair to meet with the pilots Union in crunch talks
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    Efforts to resolve the ongoing dispute airline Ryanair began this morning, but indicates that the decision won’t be made today.
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Efforts to resolve the ongoing dispute airline Ryanair began this morning, but indicates that the decision won’t be made today.

The strike of the pilots has caused massive destruction across Europe in the last month, with five one-day strike forcing the cancellation of over 100 flights.

Talks this morning began at 9.30 am at Dublin airport, with four pilots Ryanair and a number of trade Union negotiators to discuss ways of settlement.

Kieran Small, the former head of the Commission for relations in the workplace, was called as an independent mediator, who will attempt to break the deadlock between the two sides.

Speaking on independent.t. E., Bernard Harbor from the FORCE – the Union that represents the pilots, said he hoped that agreement will eventually be made.

“I would be surprised if the decision was taken today, but there may be one within two or three days,” he said.

“Today is very important because it is 24 days since the two sides sat down together to have any sort of conversation, despite the fact that there were five one-day strike.

“This is important, because the company accepted the offer that we will get a third party mediator to help the process.

“Kieran Mulvey is a very experienced and successful person, which means that our task is to negotiate a settlement became more likely.

“But there is still a big gap between the two dies, but that the gap is bridgeable”.


Protesting Ryanair pilots in Dublin airport. Photo: aoife are not the Moore/PA

Mr. harbour believes that Ryanair is not to intervene in the negotiations with the trade unions.

“It’s only been seven or eight months since they decided to deal with the unions, which is why I think they struggle with the process, however, they came to talk to us and that can only be a good thing.”

He added that no further strikes are planned for today, but warns if Ryanair does not solve the problems of the pilots on the condition that more days of strikes are likely.

“We believe that it is very possible to reach a settlement, but if this process is not successful, then there is obviously the risk of further industrial action.”

Kenny Jacobs, marketing Director of Ryanair, told morning Ireland that the dispute went to a third party, because a series of “unfounded” strikes achieve nothing.

“We hope that with the mediation of a third party, Forsa will now be in control of their side of the process,” he said. “We hope that any unwanted interference Ryanair pilots is removed. We hope that Forsa take it more seriously, and we ultimately hope that this process will be successful.”

It is now understood that Mr Mulvey asked both sides to refrain from communicating with the media, while the process continues.

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