Ryanair today confirmed that it has signed a Union Recognition agreement with ANPAC (Italian Airline Pilots Association), who will now be the sole representative body for Ryanair employed Pilots in Italy.
This agreement follows extensive negotiations with ANPAC since Ryanair’s December announcement that it was willing to recognise Unions for collective bargaining purposes.
Ryanair said it welcomes the positive and constructive engagement of ANPAC which led to the formal signing of this recognition agreement within 8 weeks of first meeting. This recognition agreement with ANPAC is significant because Italy currently accounts for almost 80 of Ryanair’s 400+ current aircraft fleet and approx. 20% of Ryanair’s pilot body.
“Ryanair looks forward to working with ANPAC and its newly elected ANPAC Ryanair Company Council to conclude an early CLA (Collective Labour Agreement) for our directly employed pilots based in Italy”, the airline said in a statement.
Ryanair’s Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson said:
“We are pleased to announce this Italian recognition agreement with ANPAC on behalf of our directly employed pilots in Italy. This agreement (which follows our signed UK recognition agreement with BALPA in January), validates the decision of Ryanair’s Board in December to recognise unions. The fact that we have delivered pay rises of up to 20% for most of our pilots, and union recognition agreements in our two largest markets (UK and Italy) which together represent over 45% of our pilot body, shows how constructive Ryanair is about developing relationships with those unions who wish to work with us and how much progress we have made in a short period of time.
“We are making good progress with unions in other major EU countries and we hope to sign more recognition deals with pilots and cabin crew unions over the coming weeks and months.”