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Irish Ryanair cabin crew sign union deal

Ryanair cabin crew standing in front of an aircraft

Irish cabin crew members for Ryanair have won union recognition after the carrier signed an agreement with the Forsa trade union.

Forsa already represents Ryanair’s Ireland-based pilots through its Irish Airline Pilots Association division. This agreement has seen the airline negotiate with the union on a deal to prevent further strikes.

An elected Ryanair Cabin Crew Company Council will work with the carrier to develop a collective labour agreement (CLA) for members based in Ireland.

The agreement follows similar deals struck with unions in Italy, the UK and Germany. Ryanair says more than 65 per cent of its cabin crew are now covered by union recognition agreements.

Eddie Wilson, chief people officer at Ryanair, said: “We are pleased to sign this cabin crew recognition agreement with Forsa in Ireland. We look forward to working closely with both Forsa and the Company Council to address issues of concern to our directly employed Irish based cabin crew.”

Ashley Connolly, an official from Forsa, commented: “This is a very positive development and we’re proud to be in a position now to represent Ryanair cabin crew. We’ve been working with our cabin crew members towards securing this agreement. Together we look forward to growing our membership and securing improvements in terms and conditions as the negotiating union for Ryanair cabin crew.”

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