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Ryanair strikes this week called off

Planned walkouts have been stopped as the airline inks a deal with unions that changes employee contracts.

Cabin crew in Spain working for the low-cost giant Ryanair have called off planned walkouts this week after a last-minute deal with unions.

The Spanish employees had been due to strike on January 10 and January 13, which would have affected a number of the budget carrier’s flights.

However, the unions USO and Sitcpla confirmed they had finally come to an agreement with Ryanair following 14 hours of negotiations this week.

Strike action that had been set for January 8 was also called off at the last minute due to a positive start to the talks.

Irish to Spanish
The dispute concerned what the unions said was Ryanair’s reluctance to employ cabin staff in accordance with the Spanish law. The airline instead preferred Irish labour contracts.

But the unions now say that under the new agreement with the airline, Ryanair employees in Spain will soon “fully enjoy their rights as citizens of the European Union”.

The agreement must still be ratified at of cabin crew meetings, but if approved it will set the “foundations” for the normalisation of labour relations between airline and employees under Spanish law.

The commitment to start negotiating a collective agreement is something that would have been “unthinkable” just a few months ago, the unions commented.

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