Ryanair cancels meeting with German cabin crew union

Company wants labour group to withdraw negative press statements

Ryanair is in talks with pilot and cabin crew unions across Europe. Photograph: Reuters/Christian Hartmann

Ryanair is in talks with pilot and cabin crew unions across Europe. Photograph: Reuters/Christian Hartmann

 

Ryanair has cancelled a meeting with German cabin crew union UFO in a row over comments the labour group made in the press following earlier talks between the two sides.

The Irish airline had been due to meet the union on October 16th.

The company and UFO met last month to negotiate a collective labour agreement, pay, the use of local employment contracts and staff hired through agencies.

However, UFO said in a statement on Friday that Ryanair had cancelled this month’s meeting, scheduled for October 16th, following media comments subsequently made by the union.

Ryanair responded that “when UFO retracts the defamatory press release, we will then be in a position to resume negotiations”.

The carrier partly blamed strikes for a profit warning issued earlier this week. It is in talks with pilot and cabin crew unions across Europe.