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31 Aug 2018

BY James Chapple


Ryanair agrees deal to recognise Irish cabin crew union

Ryanair has signed a new trade union recognition agreement with the Forsa union, which represents the airline’s approximately 200 directly employed Irish cabin crew.

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Ryanair agrees deal to recognise Irish cabin crew union

After Ryanair committed to recognising unions last December, the latest deal is the fourth such agreement with Forsa.

Eddie Wilson, Ryanair’s chief people officer, said some 65% of Ryanair cabin crew were now covered by recognition agreements.

The agreement comes after Ryanair last week reached a separate deal with Forsa over base transfers, promotions and annual leave for the airline’s Irish-based pilots.

Earlier this week, meanwhile, Ryanair negotiated a new collective labour agreement with ANPAC, the Italian Airline Pilots Association.

The Unite union will represent UK cabin crew, and Ryanair has come to arrangements with labour organisations in Germany too.

In a statement, Ryanair said: “Ryanair [has] announced it has signed its fourth cabin crew union recognition agreement with Forsa, who will be the representative body for Ryanair’s directly employed cabin crew in Ireland.

“Ryanair looks forward to working with Forsa and the elected Ryanair (Cabin Crew) Company Council to conclude an early collective labour agreement for Ryanair’s directly employed cabin crew based in Ireland. This agreement follows Ryanair’s cabin crew recognition deals with the Italian ANPAC, ANPAV and Fit-Cisl unions, UNITE the union in the UK, and the Ver.di union in Germany.”

Wilson added: “We are pleased to sign this cabin crew recognition agreement with Forsa in Ireland. We look forward to working closely with both Forsa and their Company Council to address issues of concern to our directly employed Irish based cabin crew.

“This is a further sign of the progress Ryanair is making with trade unions since our December 2017 decision to recognise unions, with over 65% of our cabin crew now covered by recognition agreements and we hope to sign more agreements in the coming weeks.”

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