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Ryanair inks agreement with Belgium based pilot unions

Ryanair inks agreement with Belgium based pilot unions

Ryanair’s directly employed pilots based in Belgium have voted in favour of a collective labour agreement governing pay and conditions for the next four years.

The vote, passed by a majority of 98%, is a further step towards industrial relations stability at Europe’s largest budget airline.

In a statement the airlines said the deal was negotiated between Ryanair and the unions BeCa, CNE-CSC and LBC-NVK.

It is the latest such deal agreed between the airline and unions representing its workers as it works to make progress on its dealings with organisations representing employees.

Late last year the company agreed deals with unions representing cabin crew in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Britain, Germany, Italy, Greece and Sweden.

While last month the company said its cabin crew in Spain had voted in favour of a recognition agreement with workers’ unions.

A collective labour agreement is currently being worked on by the two parties there.

Separately, the company has announced today that it will open a new base at Toulouse from October.

In total the firm will invest $200 million in the venture and two aircraft will be based there.

20 routes, including 11 new ones, will operate from the base and it is expected around one million customers will use the services each year.