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Ryanair cabin crew take pay cuts to save jobs

Alan Tovey
·1-min read
Ryanair cabin crew
Ryanair cabin crew

Ryanair has reached a deal with cabin crew that will mean no job losses at the budget carrier, according to union bosses.

Unite praised the airline’s “constructive” approach that will mean cabin staff take pay cuts for at least three years in return for saving jobs.

The move is in contrast to British Airways, which wants to axe 12,000 of its entire staff - almost a quarter of the workforce. 

Ryanair had warned in May that 3,000 positions could go as it faced a collapse in air travel because of coronavirus.

Last week the airline reported that passenger numbers for June were down 97pc to just 400,000.

It has already agreed a deal with pilots for a 20pc pay cut lasting for years.

Under the terms of the cabin crew deal revealed by Unite, staff will take a temporary pay cut of 5pc for the lowest paid, 7.5pc for others, and 10pc for the highest paid.

Pay will return to previous levels in two tranches in 2023 and 2024. If air travel returns to pre-pandemic levels faster, then wages could be increased sooner.

Unite said its members had voted to back the reductions to save jobs.

Airline job cuts to date
Airline job cuts to date

Diana Holland of Unite said: "The agreement with Ryanair shows that the company has taken a more constructive and less damaging approach to dealing with the issues than many of its competitor airlines."

The union added that because the reductions were “temporary and tiered” they won support from staff.