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Pilots get pay rises after Ryanair fiasco

The Times reports that Ryanair pilots will be handed pay increases of up to 20 per cent after the flight cancellation ‘fiasco’ that ‘engulfed’ the airline last year.

The carrier said yesterday that pilots flying out of all 15 of its UK bases, including Stansted, had voted to accept pay the increases, which will be paid next week. Most Ryanair pilots in Ireland have already agreed to the new rates, although about a third of staff in Dublin have not yet voted, which the airline said was disappointing.

The article notes that Ryanair has now said that it will recognise unions for the first time in its 32-year history amid an escalating row with pilots over pay, working conditions and shift patterns. It is still in negotiations with Balpa, the main pilots’ union, over the recognition.

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