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LONDON – Ryanair has today announced that the Italian Airline Pilots Association (ANPAC) has voted in favour of a Collective Labour Agreement with the carrier, which was signed on Aug 9. 

This vote comes after the Irish union FORSA has signed and recommended this mediation agreement to Ryanair’s Irish pilots, who are currently in the voting stage also to approve this motion.

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Ryanair’s Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson commented on this news saying: “We welcome this first CLA with our Italian pilots and hope that it will be shortly followed by a similar agreement covering our Irish pilots.”

“We have invited our UK, German and Spanish unions to meet with us in the coming days so that we can negotiate and hopefully agree on similar pilot CLAs in these other larger markets”, he added.

“These agreements demonstrate the real progress being made by Ryanair in its negotiations with its pilots and their unions across different EU markets”, he concluded.

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This is significant news for Ryanair, having experienced a high level of delays and disruption to their route network as a result of walk-outs by pilots and cabin crew. 

The carrier will now have to satisfy the UK, German and Spanish unions that Wilson goes on about and make sure that all sides are happy in order to prevent another walkout in the future.