The Irish airline Ryanair announced on Friday that it has sent letters to pilots ' unions in Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal to engage in talks to recognize se unions as valid interlocutors in each One of se countries. This is an unprecedented movement in airline, which since its creation has always refused to recognize any kind of union. The movement takes place two days after pilots employed by Ryanair in Ireland foreshadowed a 24-hour strike for next 20 December, unemployment that adds to those provided by company aviators in Germany or Portugal.
According to a press release issued by Ryanair, Europe's largest airline in passenger numbers, has "invited" pilots ' unions from Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal to "conversations to recognize se unions as bodies of Representation of Ryanair pilots in each of se countries, provided that y establish Ryanair pilot committees. " This last part is important, because airline that runs Michael O'Leary a good part of Ryanair pilots are self-employed, ie y are not at company's pay. Therefore, offer is only for those who are Irish employees. In fact, in note, Ryanair makes it very clear that "it does not engage with pilots flying for competition airlines in Ireland or wherever."
The note admits that airline leaves behind its traditional policy of not recognizing unions and that it does "to avoid any threat of disturbance to its customers and ir flights by pilots ' unions during Christmas week."