Ryanair pilots in Portugal suspend strike, union to negotiate

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Ryanair has offered to meet with IMPACT on Tuesday, and has called on the unions to call off threatened action next week.

RYANAIR will announce "contingency plans" for passengers facing a 24-hour strike in the run-up to Christmas tomorrow.

Ryanair said on Friday it had written to pilot unions in Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news), the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal in a bid to smooth turbulent industrial relations by offering talks on officially recognising the unions for the first time.

So far there has been no response from unions to say if that is enough.

Ryanair has offered to meet union representatives on Tuesday, having earlier proposed a meeting on Wednesday, the day of the planned strike.

Britain's Balpa union said on Saturday said it had accepted Ryanair's offer to represent British-based pilots, but only if the TUC federation of British trade unions was allowed to attend future talks.

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While some unions agreed to suspend action, the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association wanted more clarification.

IMPACT said yesterday that the work stoppage would go ahead unless Ryanair management arranged a meeting before it to discuss the issue. Ryanair said: "We'll do all we can to minimise disruption".

But, in a statement released on Sunday evening, the union said it is available to meet sooner.

The Irish airline's pilots have suspended strike action that was due to take place on Wednesday 20 December.

The Portuguese pilots" strike scheduled for Wednesday was suspended by SPAC owing to Ryanair's decision to recognise the union "and its commitment to open negotiations with the aim of entering into a company agreement'.

The carrier admitted it had "messed up" the planning of its pilots' holidays.

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