Ryanair offers to meet Irish pilots ahead of strike date

Two trade unions — Italy’s ANPAC and Portugal’s SPAC — withdrew plans for Christmas strikes but Ireland’s IMPACT trade union is looking for further reassurances before canceling its walkout. (Reuters)
Updated 17 December 2017
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Ryanair offers to meet Irish pilots ahead of strike date

DUBLIN: Ryanair has proposed talks with an Irish pilot union before a possible Wednesday strike in a bid to remove the last threat to its Christmas schedule after its surprise offer to recognize unions for the first time.
Two other trade unions — Italy’s ANPAC and Portugal’s SPAC — withdrew plans for Christmas strikes after Friday’s announcement but Ireland’s IMPACT trade union is looking for further reassurances before canceling its walkout.
IMPACT said on Saturday a meeting on Wednesday would come too late to prevent the 24-hour strike planned for the same day. On Saturday evening Ryanair offered to meet on Tuesday instead.
“Ryanair has offered to meet IMPACT/IALPA and their Ryanair pilot committee on Tuesday if that would suit them better,” Chief Operations Officer Peter Bellew said in a statement posted on his Instagram account.
A spokesman for IMPACT said it was ready to meet Ryanair at any time. “Once we meet, we can take a decision on deferring industrial action,” he said.
Bellew said the German union VC had agreed to meet Ryanair on Wednesday to discuss union recognition.
He said Ryanair had offered to meet Portuguese union SPAC on December 21 and that British union BALPA and Italian union ANPAC had agreed to meet with Ryanair in early January. “Let’s keep talking. Get people home quietly for Christmas,” he said.


Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

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Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

BERLIN: German authorities on Monday detained the chief executive of Volkswagen’s Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into manipulation of emissions controls.
The move follows a search last week of Stadler’s private residence, ordered by Munich prosecutors investigating the manager on suspicion of fraud and indirect improprieties with documents.
“Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was provisionally arrested this morning,” the company said in a statement. It said shortly afterward that a judge had ordered him kept in custody pending possible charges at prosecutors’ request.
The company said that it couldn’t comment further due to the ongoing investigation, but stressed that “the presumption of innocence remains in place for Mr. Stadler.”
German news agency dpa reported that prosecutors decided to seek Stadler’s arrest due to fears he might try to evade justice. A former head of Audi’s engine development unit is already in investigative detention.
A total of 20 people are under suspicion in the Audi probe, which focuses on cars sold in Europe that were believed to be equipped with software which turned emissions controls off during regular driving.
Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the United States and nine managers, including former CEO Martin Winterkorn, were charged there. Two are serving prison terms; Winterkorn and the others remained in Germany and are unlikely to be extradited.
Audi said in a statement last week that it was “cooperating with the authorities” in the probe.
Volkswagen shares were down 2.1 percent at 157.66 euros in Frankfurt trading.