Ryanair hopes for end to strikes after reaching deal with Irish pilots’ union 

Ryanair and its Irish pilots’ union have announced an agreement on their labour contract, potentially bringing to an end a summer of strikes. After several days of mediation, Forsa trade union said it would recommend that its members accept the agreement when it goes to a ballot.

Ryanair said it would take the proposals to its board ‘in due course after the Irish-based pilots have voted on this signed agreement’. The company’s shares closed 5.9 per cent higher at €13.92 yesterday.

In an email to its members, the union said it had reached a tentative agreement on two issues regarding ‘seniority’ – which determines a pilot’s pay, promotion and home bases – while it was still in discussions on annual leave. Forsa’s members, who account for about a third of Ryanair’s Irish pilots, have gone on strike five times this summer, most recently on August 10, when they were joined by pilots from Germany, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands  

German pilots ground flights in latest action against Ryanair

Pilots have upped the ante in their bitter dispute with Ryanair, calling a “surprise” strike and forcing 150 flights to be cancelled at short notice. Union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) announced the industrial action last Monday, advising Ryanair pilots in Germany to walk out last Wednesday. Separately, cabin crew union Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft called for a walkout on Wednesday to “exact pressure” on Ryanair.

It says 1,000 members will strike. The Irish carrier warned the strikes would lead to job cuts. Ryanair grounded 150 of the 400 flights scheduled to and from Germany on Wednesday. Affected customers, whom the airline said had been contacted by email and text yesterday, have been offered a full refund, a move to the next available flight or reroute options. 

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