After months of difficult negotiations, Irish low-cost airline Ryanair signed a deal with Spanish and French pilots’ unions on Thursday. The agreements include wage increases and have a duration of five years.
“We welcome these long-term agreements that will bring many improvements to our pilots in Spain and France,” said Ryanair. However, the company also states that the company still faces “significant challenges” after the boom of the corona crisis.
According to the company, agreements have now been made with 85 percent of the pilots about an accelerated wage recovery and improved long-term agreements.
Spanish cabin crew went on strike in June and July because the low-cost airline refused to negotiate higher wages. The Spanish trade unions got together with unions in Belgium, France, Italy, and Portugal to organize actions throughout Europe. Ryanair pilots went on strike in Italy last month.