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Ryanair calls off strike

For the first time in the airline’s 32-year history, Ryanair will acknowledge the unions and meet tomorrow

Pictured: Michael O Leary, chief executive of Ryanair has decided to recognise the unions

Ryanair pilots have suspended their plan to strike following Michael O’Leary’s decision to recognise the unions for the first time in the airline’s 32-year history. The Impact union, which represents Irish-based pilots, has now agreed to hold discussions with Ryanair’s management on Tuesday ahead of the planned action on Wednesday.The strike was in regards to better working conditions as well as to gain union recognition. 

The strike - due to happen on December 20 - threatened to affect thousands of passengers travelling over the Christmas period. Pilots in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal had all threatened walkouts in the run-up to Christmas.

In a statement, the union said: "Impact has this evening suspended a planned one-day strike of Ryanair pilots next Wednesday after company management agreed to recognise the union as the representative of Irish-based pilots.

"The union has agreed to meet management on Tuesday evening, but says it is available to meet sooner."

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