Ryanair has backed down under pressure and now says that it will recognise pilots’ unions, in an effort to kickstart talks to avert the upcoming strike.
According to the airline, statements have been sent to pilot unions across Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, inviting them to hold talks.
The statement read: “Ryanair will now change its long standing policy of not recognising unions in order to avoid any threat of disruption to its customers and its flights from pilot unions during Christmas week.
“Ryanair now calls on these pilot unions to call off the threatened industrial action on Wednesday December 20 next so that our customers can look forward to travelling home for Christmas without the threat or worry of pilot strikes hanging over them.”
It is unclear whether or not the strike, set for December 20, will be called off.