Ryanair Irish pilots vote unanimously to accept union deal

Agreement reached two weeks ago

DUBLIN (Reuters) — Ryanair unionized pilots based in Ireland voted unanimously to accept a deal negotiated by its union in a ballot the union described on Wednesday as a “first step” towards providing fairness for pilots.

Europe’s largest low-cost carrier suffered its worst ever strikes this summer, but reached agreement on issues including transfers and promotions with the Irish union two weeks ago and said it was hopeful it could secure deals in other markets soon.

“While our members fully respect Ryanair’s operational model, they no longer accept the company’s highly problematic employment model. After decades of declining terms and conditions, pilots in Ryanair have now firmly found a unified voice,” Captain Joe May, a spokesman for the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) trade union, said in a statement.

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