Italian pilots seal deal with Ryanair

Rome (AFP) –

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The Italian pilots' union on Tuesday said it has reached an agreement with strike-hit Ryanair over working conditions at the low-cost aviation giant.

"Following eight months of negotiations, ANPAC signed the first collective work contract for Italy-based pilots working for Ryanair," the union said in a statement, adding that the agreement gave the pilots "protection and guarantees".

Ryanair last Thursday said it had reached agreement with an Irish union representing pilots.

Earlier this month, Ryanair pilots across Europe staged a coordinated 24-hour strike to push their demands for better pay and conditions, plunging tens of thousands of passengers into transport chaos at the peak of the busy summer season.

In Italy, the majority of over 300 members of pilots' union ANPAC approved the deal with Ryanair in a vote late Monday, the statement said.

According to ANPAC, it is the "first collective work contract for aviation staff of Ryanair to be signed in Europe".