Ibec Director of Employer Relations Maeve McElwee said: “The announcement of Ryanair’s decision to engage with relevant trade unions across Europe appears to be a seismic shift by the company. This development comes after the latest phase of long standing and very public industrial relations challenges encompassing bases across Europe in France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Portugal as well as the Irish operation.
The change in Ryanair’s position now puts a heavy onus of responsibility on the trade union movement to demonstrate, in this high profile company, their ability to operate effectively in a competitive commercial environment, free from legacy terms and conditions.
Ibec has always supported employers who choose to engage in formalised collective bargaining. It is, of course, also important to recognise that many Irish companies choose to operate a model whereby they engage directly with their employees in relation to matters relating to their employment. Both approaches to employee relations must be respected and fully supported as a strand to future proofing the Irish business model.”