Ryanair reaches agreement with UK flight attendants union

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Ryanair has reached a deal with UK cabin crew union Unite that will see accelerated pay restoration among various other benefits, such as annual pay rises and pay restructuring. Let’s take a closer look at Ryanair’s deal with Unite below.

Agreement between Ryanair and the cabin crew union

Ryanair has settled a labor dispute with its UK-based cabin crew after announcing a deal with union Unite. The deal, which will see accelerated pay restoration and wage increases, among other benefits, will run until 2026.

According to Ryanair, the agreement “offers accelerated pay restoration, initial and annual pay increases, significant pay restructuring to provide more guaranteed earnings and further pay and benefits improvements for all cabin crew. Ryanair based in the UK until 2026”.


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In addition to a “competitive starting salary”, cabin crew will benefit from a fixed roster of five days on and three days off which will help achieve a better work-life balance. The deal also aims to promote a clearer path to career advancement, giving Ryanair staff greater opportunities for promotion.

The last chord

This week’s deal with its British crew follows Ryanair’s successful negotiations with Spanish and French staff. The Irish carrier has been plagued by union disputes and strike threats throughout the summer, which in many cases has significantly disrupted its operations.

Ryanair People Manager Darrell Hughes said:

“We continue to work with our crew and their unions across Europe on new agreements, similar to those reached with Unite in the UK, CCOO in Spain and SNPNC-FO in France this week. We have already successfully negotiated improved long-term agreements this summer with over 85% of our pilots and over 90% of our cabin crew, as we prioritize post-COVID salary improvements.”

Despite reaching an agreement with Spanish union Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) over wages and working conditions, Ryanair still faces the prospect of strikes across Spain this month. 14 airports in Spain could be affected if the carrier is unable to reach another agreement with CCOO regarding its ground handling staff.

Growth strategy

Ryanair has planned to reach around 115% of its pre-COVID capacity this year, with the airline aiming for rapid growth over the next 12 months. The low-cost carrier is actively recruiting new cabin crew in the UK as it creates up to 2,500 jobs in its latest growth spurt, with an ambitious target of eventually exceeding 225 million passengers by 2026.

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Darrell Hughes added,

“This long-term agreement provides stability, pay improvements, future pay increases, promotions and other benefit enhancements for our cabin crew in the UK over the next 3 years, where we are recruiting currently new cabin crew to support our continued growth to 225 million passengers by 2026.”

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