Ryanair is bringing back pay cuts to Irish pilots due to the pandemic in time for Christmas

Ryanair has reached an agreement with its pilots in Ireland that would reinstate the 20% pay cuts the airline made during the Covid pandemic.

The four-year pay deal will also see lower percentage increases for pilots in the company’s home country in the next three fiscal years through March 2027.

The settlement means Ryanair has now reached a payment deal with unions across Europe, with the exception of Belgium.

Ryanair cut wages during the pandemic but retained more staff than other carriers — in part because many were already working on more flexible or seasonal contracts, and relied on flight fares.

That allowed it to expand in the summer of 2022, when many competitors had to make widespread cancellations and cutbacks to their schedules because they couldn’t hire quickly enough to meet demand once travel restrictions were lifted by governments after the Omicron variant.

However, Ryanair staff salaries have been restored to pre-pandemic levels somewhat slower than those of the chief executive, with Michael O’Leary’s salary returning to just under €1m (£880m) in 2021-22.

Around 6% of pilot salaries in Ireland were restored in July, with the remaining 14% to be brought back to 2019 levels again in December salary packages.

The deal followed months of negotiations with the Fórsa union over a long-term deal, with the company settling with all but Ireland and Belgium early in the summer. Ireland’s Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) was brought in to mediate after talks deadlocked in October.

The union will now vote on members to ratify the deal but has recommended its acceptance.

Daryl Hughes, Ryanair’s director of people, said: “We welcome this wage restoration agreement with Fórsa and Irish pilots, which will see previously agreed pay cuts during Covid restore on the December payroll, just in time for Christmas.

“This agreement, which includes annual pay increases for the next four years, now brings our Irish pilots into line with similar pay-back deals we have made with our other pilot unions across Europe over the past nine months.

“We are grateful for WRC’s assistance in reaching this reasonable agreement with Fórsa and our Irish pilots.”

“The new collective agreement provides for improved wages and certainty for pilots over the next four years, and preparations for a vote by our members on the terms of this proposed agreement are now underway,” said Fórsa Assistant General Secretary Ian McDonnell.

Ryanair first recognized unions just five years ago, which is a surprising move given the dislike O’Leary has previously expressed.

Cabin crew in Spain have gone on a series of strikes this summer, which the airline said caused minimal disruption.

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