Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Ryanair pilots win UK union recognition for the first time in airline's 32-year history

Ryanair has agreed to recognise a union to represent its 600 UK-based pilots for the first time.

The Irish airline had previously refused to recognise the British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa).

However, Ryanair said last month it was prepared to recognise pilot unions in a bid to avert strikes over Christmas.

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said the agreement was historic "given Ryanair's previous hostility towards unions".

"While we were initially sceptical about Ryanair's sincerity in offering recognition to us and other unions, our conversations and meetings with them have shown that they are genuine in wanting a constructive trade union relationship," he said.

BBC       News.