Ryanair seals deal with Irish pilots but signals Max-driven cuts

Cirium has reported Ryanair and the union representing its Ireland-based pilots have announced they have reached a four-year labour agreement with a warning that the latest Boeing 737 Max could result in potential job losses and base closures, the company said.

Ryanair said it had accepted before Christmas the recommendations put forward by independent mediator Kieran Mulvey for a collective labour agreement (CLA) with trade union Forsa. The deal, which runs through to 2024, covers all of Ryanair´s directly employed pilots in Ireland.

The agreement follows a period of strike threats and industrial unrest at the airline. Pilots represented by the Forsa union had voted in favour of strike action last August, but the planned 48h stoppage was prevented from going ahead after the Irish High Court ruled against it. Ryanair faced similar threats from unions representing its Spanish and UK-based pilots.