Ryanair eyes new bases in France, Scandinavia after union move

Ryanair will have its first meeting with pilots' representatives as the Irish low-cost airline moves towards recognising trade unions

Ryanair will have its first meeting with pilots' representatives as the Irish low-cost airline moves towards recognising trade unions

He said Ryanair could base up to 50 planes in France and that the airline had been in touch with pilot unions in France and Denmark already.

Ryanair on Tuesday hailed a "positive and successful" meeting with pilots' representatives, following unprecedented talks as the Irish no-frills airline takes the first steps towards union recognition.

"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".

A union representing German cabin crew has called on Ryanair to suggest a date for talks after the Irish low cost carrier confirmed it was willing to recognize unions beyond those representing pilots.

IMPACT said it would meet Ryanair on Tuesday evening, and hoped the suspension of industrial action would remove any uncertainty for passengers intending to travel on Wednesday.

Following the meeting, Impact spokesman Bernard Harbour said it needed more than a promise from Ryanair about union recognition, adding the union wanted a "signature on a piece of paper". This is disappointing given all that's been said in the media over the last five days.

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He said Ryanair was honest about embracing the collective bargaining model, and would not be attending today's meeting if they were not.

The airline is meeting a pilot's unit for the first time in history today.

Mr O'Leary said the move was "putting the needs of our customers first, and avoiding disruption to their Christmas flights".

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary observed: "Recognising unions will be a significant change for Ryanair, but we have delivered radical change before".

Pilots suspended their strike to allow for talks but reserved the right to resume their industrial action if Ryanair does not engage in good faith. "We're decisive in it", he said.

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