Italian pilot deal a first for Ryanair

Italian pilot deal a first for Ryanair
A Ryanair plane at Rome's Ciampino airport. Pic: Getty

Winning over Italian pilots should bolster Ryanair’s hopes ahead of similar negotiations with unions elsewhere in Europe, and limits the extent of any future industrial action that has already led to more than a thousand cancellations this summer

Ryanair has signed its first union deal, granting Italian pilots perks such as severance pay and paternity rights in a deal the airline hopes to repeat across its network to quell a protracted industrial dispute.

The agreement also commits Ryanair to making contributions to national health care and social security funds, the Italian pilots' union ANPAC said on Tuesday in a statement. A “wide majority” of pilots backed the agreement after eight months of negotiations, it said....

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