As Ryanair’s statement of Friday 15 December made clear, Ryanair is moving to recognise unions, starting this week with meetings with Irish, German and Portuguese pilot unions. It will lead on in the New Year to meetings with other EU pilot unions and, for the first time, with cabin crew unions in due course as well.
Comment: Ceding to the pressure of cockpit and cabin crew and threatened by devastating strikes, Ryanair concedes a minimum. But this is still a far cry from what the pilots and cabin crew are requesting: they want one single union for all countries where Ryanair has bases and not one (or more) union per country. The old tactics to divide in order to reign?