Ryanair’s Italy-based pilots have voted to accept a collective agreement with the airline after eight months of negotiations.
The ANPAC union representing the pilots said the ratification vote passed with a large majority, after a series of escalating 24-hour strikes by cockpit crew caused hundreds of flight cancellations during the summer travel season.
ANPAC expressed satisfaction with the result, saying it was a historic event that gives greater protection and guarantees, as well as adequate economic recognition to pilots.
Ryanair welcomed the result of the vote saying it hoped it will shortly be followed by a similar agreement covering its Irish pilots.
“We have invited our UK, German and Spanish unions to meet with us in the coming days so that we can negotiate and hopefully agree similar pilot CLAs (Collective Labour Agreements) in these other larger markets,” the airline’s chief people officer Eddie Wilson said.
“These agreements demonstrate the real progress being made by Ryanair in its negotiations with its pilots and their unions across different EU markets.”
The low cost airline’s pilots have carried out a series of one-day strikes over the last few weeks as they seek agreements with the company. The strikes culminated in a 24-hour stoppage two weeks ago that included Ryanair pilots based in Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Sweden.
Ryanair decided to recognise pilot and cabin crew unions in December 2017 as it approached the busy holiday travel period with a number of strikes threatened.
ANPAC said it is currently involved with the Fit CISL and ANPAV unions in negotiating CLAs for Ryanair flight attendants based in Italy.