Ryanair set to reach deal with unions over Spanish workers' rights

Passengers boarding a Ryanair flight.
Passengers boarding a Ryanair flight. / Reuters
  • The news, which should put an end to disputes, comes as the airline gets permission to keep flying within the UK whatever happens with Brexit

As the airline flying the most passengers from Malaga airport, any news from Ryanair normally has an impact on a lot of people across southern Spain.

So it was to the relief of many this week that two problems hanging over the Irish-registered airline appear to have been solved in recent days.

Early on Wednesday morning, after several hours of talks, unions reached a pre-agreement with Ryanair which meant cabin-crew strikes planned for yesterday and Sunday 13th were called off.

According to unions, the deal "puts in place the foundations to normalise" labour relations "within a legal framework". They added that a few months ago a solution to the ongoing cabin-crew dispute would have been unthinkable.

The pre-agreement still needs the approval of Ryanair's Spanish staff in the coming days,

Among the measures said to have been agreed by Ryanair is that local labour law will now apply to Spanish-based cabin crew. In most cases until now, contractual terms have been based on Irish law, which has angered many workers. The union statement also said that they have secured, "a guarantee of stability and improvement in working conditions."

"We are convinced that Ryanair staff in Spain will soon be able to enjoy their full rights as European Union citizens," said a joint statement on Wednesday by the SITCPLA and USO unions.

UK permission

Last week it was announced that Ryanair has been granted a British air operating certificate by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority for its British subsidiary. This means it can keep running its internal flights within the UK and fly from Britain to destinations outside the EU after Brexit.