Ryanair strike: Has he come to his senses?

Seems somebody at Ryanair has been forced to eat humble pie. In September, O’Leary tried to force his pilots to defer their time off to minimise the disruption to the airline’s schedule. At the time, he called his pilots “full of their own self-importance” and “precious about themselves”. Today he appears to have made an about turn to avoid a Ryanair strike.

For the first time in its 32-year history, Ryanair will be recognising pilot unions in a bid to prevent strikes by pilots in the run-up to Christmas. Latest news is that Ryanair has reached a pay deal with saying pilots at all 15 of its bases in the UK.

When O’Leary dismissed pilots’ complaints in September, we said at Progressive Travel Recruitment that we would never recruit for the airline because of its outrageous disrespect for staff.

We’re glad O’Leary has finally come to his senses and realised that showing such disdain for the very people who are responsible for the safety, comfort and care of his passengers is not acceptable.

As another famous CEO of an airline once wisely said: “If you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers. It’s that simple.”