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Ryanair to allow local contracts under Italian cabin-crew deal

Budget carrier Ryanair and trade unions representing cabin crew in Italy have reached an agreement that will allow staff to be employed under local contracts.

A set of "agreed principles" negotiated with FIT-CISL, ANPAC and ANPAV will form the basis of a collective labour deal applicable from 1 October 2018 until 31 December 2021, says the airline.

It notes that the parties are in "the final stages" of concluding terms and conditions of the collective deal, which will be governed by Italian law.

Cabin crew will be allowed to "transition to local contracts over an agreed period", says Ryanair.

It adds that the deal will increase crew members' pay and enable them to benefit from "increased tax-free allowances, similar to other Italian airlines".

A pension scheme is also part of the package.

Ryanair chief people officer Eddie Wilson expects the collective deal to be signed by the end of the month. It will follow cabin-crew agreements the airline has reached with Irish union Forsa and the UK's United.

Wilson describes the Italian accord as "a further sign of the significant progress Ryanair is making in reaching agreements with our people and their unions in different EU countries".

He goes on to argue that the deal disproves "claims made by smaller unions not involved in these negotiations, and who are threatening strikes later this winter, which will either not take place or be unsuccessful".

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