Irish LCC Ryanair has agreed to recognize pilot unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal, bowing to pressure and changing its long-standing policy of negotiating directly with internal employee committees. The airline acted in a bid to avoid strikes and disruption during the year-end holidays and ease ongoing conflicts with its staff. Long-standing tensions between Ryanair and its pilots came into focus in September when mishandling of the budget carrier’s ...

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