Ryanair has recognised unions. Hell must have frozen over | Stefan Stern
It’s a company built on contradictions: everyone moans about it and yet it’s one of the world’s biggest airlines. Something had to give
“I don’t even know how there would be industrial action in Ryanair,” the company’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, observed at its annual general meeting in Dublin less than three months ago. “There isn’t a union.”
There is now. In fact, not merely one union, but several pilots’ unions from all over Europe will shortly be recognised for the purpose of collective bargaining with the airline. This is not simply a U-turn by O’Leary: it is a full loop-the-loop aerial extravaganza, with multicoloured vapour trails and a brass band playing in celebratory support.
Management is going to have to change its tune. Pilots do not have a ‘difficult job’, O’Leary has said.
Source: Guardian Transport