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Ryanair Announces Bargaining Agreements With Portuguese, UK and Italian Pilots

Ryanair Announces Bargaining Agreements With Portuguese, UK and Italian Pilots
Jackie Reddy

Ryanair was affected by widespread strikes this summer, but it has revealed that it has penned bargaining agreements with labor bodies from multiple of European nations, including Portugal, Italy, the UK and soon, Spain. Ryanair’s Eddie Wilson described these agreements as “considerable progress.”

Low-cost carrier Ryanair has revealed that it has signed collective agreements with a host of labor bodies in multiple European countries, City A.M. reports. This settlement comes after months of strike action.

The carrier has penned an agreement with Sindicato Dos Pilotos Da Aviaçao Civil (SPAC), the Portuguese pilot union, a move that Ryanair said “will provide for seniority and base transfer agreements…” and will protect all Portuguese pilots directly employed by the airline.

Ryanair also confirmed that it has come to similar agreements with both the British Airline Pilot’s Association (BALPA) as well as Italy’s Associazione Nazionale Professionale Aviazione Civile (ANPAC) and has said that it will soon be signing an agreement with Spain’s Sindicato España De Pilotos De Lineas Aeras (SEPLA).

Offering his official comments in a statement, Eddie Wilson, the carrier’s chief people officer said, “These signed agreements with our pilot unions in Portugal, the UK, Italy and shortly in Spain, demonstrate the considerable progress we’re making in concluding union agreements with our people in our major EU markets.”

“The recent wave of airline failures in Europe including Primera Air, Cobalt, Air Azur, and Small Planet (GER), as well as base closures/cuts announced by many of Europe’s major airlines in response to higher oil prices and lower air fares, have given a significant stimulus to these union negotiations over recent weeks. Ryanair’s pilots and cabin crew recognize that they enjoy better pay, better rosters, and significantly better job security than their counterparts at many other EU airlines, and we for our part, are recognizing and working with unions to conclude agreements which address the major issues of concern to our pilots and cabin crew in all our major EU markets,” he added.

“I expect that these agreements in Spain, and Portugal in particular, will encourage the cabin crew unions in both those countries to remove competitor airline employees (who have been blocking progress) and to quickly conclude cabin crew agreements in those countries, as that’s what our Portuguese and Spanish cabin crew are now demanding,” Wilson said.

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