BREAKING: Budget airline Ryanair strikes deal with pilots’ union in Spain

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RYANAIR STRIKE DEAL: Irish airline has agreed a deal with the Spanish pilots' union SEPLA (File iamge). Photo credit: Ryanair

BUDGET Irish airline Ryanair has signed a deal with the Spanish pilots’ union SEPLA today (Wednesday) to cover all of Ryanair’s directly employed pilots in Spain.

The low-cost carrier has agreed to recognise the union and said it expects to start talks on a collective labour agreement in early November.

The airline said: “Negotiations with SEPLA on a full Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) under Spanish Law will now commence in early November and Spanish Labour Law will apply to all Ryanair pilots in Spain by no later than 31st January 2019.”

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Ryanair announced last week it had reached agreements with British, Portuguese and Italian pilots on seniority and home base issues.

The airline’s chief people officer Eddie Wilson said today: “These signed agreements with our pilot unions in Spain, Portugal, the UK and Italy again demonstrate the considerable progress we’re making in concluding union agreements with our people in our major EU markets.

“We expect that these agreements will encourage the cabin crew unions in both Spain and Portugal in particular to remove competitor airline employees who have been blocking progress.” he added.

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