Ireland - Draft agreement with Ryanair reached - August 31, 2018

After turbulent weeks with work stoppages and strike threats all over Europe, trade union Fórsa and the Ryanair management reached an agreement in the pilots’ dispute after a 22-hour negotiating session. The proposed agreement will go to ballot, with a recommendation for acceptance from Fórsa and its Ryanair pilot representatives. The union has been asked by the mediator to make no public comment while the ballot is conducted. The industrial action resulted this summer in hundreds of flight cancellations. Other European trade unions are watching these talks closely. They seek higher salaries to match those at rival airlines, want to secure employment on local contracts and equalise terms and conditions for the large number of pilots who have been encouraged to work via agencies as contractors, rather than being made employees.

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