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Ryanair issued with ultimatum as fresh threat of strike emerges

Ryanair issued with ultimatum as fresh threat of strike emerges

But there's still no gurantees - the union IMPACT - representing irish pilots is warning the strike is suspended rather than cancelled.

"Ryanair is moving to recognise unions, starting this week with meetings with Irish, German and Portuguese pilot unions", the company said.

Following a conclusion of talks between IMPACT and Ryanair airline management, the union expressed disappointment that they were not presented with a written collective agreement from management recognising the union.

The talks on home soil were the first since Ryanair on Friday offered to recognise unions, prompting the suspension of strike action planned over the festive period.

He told Newstalk Breakfast that it wanted to see "deeds and actions" that Ryanair is entering into a new era of relations between staff and management."A piece of paper is a pretty small first step".

It was the first meeting between the airline and a trade union in the company's 32-year history.

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He said the union put forward a set of proposals to set up a framework to fast track the negotiations. "We're decisive in it", he said.

Asked why he had described the mood in Ryanair as "miserable", Mr Bellew said they should have good cooperation with unions, and make things great for people.

"The union reiterated its position that its mandate for strike action can be implemented, after the required notice is given, in the absence of a timely agreement".

The Dublin-based carrier met union representatives in Dublin on Tuesday, after Chief Executive Officer Michael O'Leary reached out to Ryanair's fledgling pilot organizations last week in a softening of a longstanding anti-union stance as the company's first-ever strikes loomed.

"As Ryanair's statement of Friday 15 Dec made clear, Ryanair is moving to recognise unions, starting this week with meetings with Irish, German and Portuguese pilot unions".