Ryanair in tune with Verdi on law

Business Day - - INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES - Gra­ham Fahy and Maria Shea­han Dublin

Ryanair has reached an agree­ment with Ger­man union Verdi re­lat­ing to pay and con­di­tions for cabin crew that will be put to work­ers for ap­proval next Tues­day, the Ir­ish bud­get air­line said on Thurs­day.

Ryanair has been hit by a series of strikes across Europe de­spite bow­ing to pres­sure to recog­nise unions for the first time al­most a year ago.

The two-year col­lec­tive labour agree­ment cov­ers all the air­line’s cabin crew based in Ger­many and con­firms the ap­pli­ca­tion of Ger­man labour law and in­cludes pay in­creases and other ben­e­fits, Ryanair said.

Verdi, which rep­re­sents about 1,000 Ryanair cabin crew mem­bers in Ger­many, said the agree­ment will only be­come fi­nal once its mem­bers have been able to vote on it.

“Af­ter nearly a year of ne­go­ti­a­tion, Verdi sees the pre­lim­i­nary agree­ment as a step to­wards im­prov­ing the work­ing con­di­tions of work­ers and their salaries,” it said in a state­ment, adding it will com­ment on de­tails of the agree­ment once it has been fi­nalised.

Ryanair said in Oc­to­ber it hoped to reach deals with all of its ma­jor unions by Christ­mas, seek­ing to end dis­rup­tions that have hit its profit and shares.

Verdi said it is still prob­lem­atic that Ryanair does not al­low its em­ploy­ees to form works coun­cils and called on leg­is­la­tors to in­tro­duce new rules for the sec­tor as a whole.

The air­line also said its Ital­ian cabin crew voted over­whelm­ingly to ac­cept a three-year deal with the three main cabin crew unions reached in Septem­ber.

“We are pleased to sign this agree­ment with Verdi, which will lead to pay im­prove­ments and other ben­e­fits for our Ger­man-based cabin crew, sub­ject to them vot­ing in favour of this agree­ment over the com­ing week,” Ryanair’s chief peo­ple of­fi­cer, Ed­die Wil­son, said.

“These are fur­ther con­crete signs of the sub­stan­tial progress Ryanair is mak­ing in con­clud­ing agree­ments with our peo­ple and their unions in many dif­fer­ent EU coun­tries.”

Ryanair has signed new recog­ni­tion agree­ments with cabin crew unions in Greece and Swe­den.


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