December 15, 2017 / 6:15 PM / a year ago

German pilots' union ready for talks with Ryanair next week

FILE PHOTO - Ryanair commercial passenger jet lands in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

BERLIN (Reuters) - German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has requested a meeting with Ryanair early next week after the Irish low-cost carrier said it would recognize unions in a bid to stop strikes.

“It’s now up to Ryanair to prove the seriousness of this announcement,” Ilja Schulz, VC president, said on Friday. “As soon as we have agreed short-term dates for negotiations on the requested wage contracts, we will give up on the planned strike measures.”

VC had threatened Ryanair with strike action, joining unions in other countries to put pressure on the airline’s management as they sought to negotiate better contracts.

Ryanair said on Friday that recognizing unions would be a “significant change”, but that it hoped to have new structures agreed early next year.

Reporting by Andreas Cremer and Victoria Bryan; Editing by Susan Fenton

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