Negotiations between Ryanair and cabin crew to restart

Negotiations between Ryanair and cabin crew to restart
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Union representatives for Belgian air stewards will reopen negotiations with Ryanair on Friday following a proposal made by the Irish airline. The cabin crew had been on strike throughout January due to "unsatisfactory" wages. Crews threatened to step up their action if an agreement was not reached.

Trade unions issued the airline's management a deadline; if Ryanair failed to provide a "satisfactory" proposal over collective labour agreements by the end of January, cabin crew would begin monthly two-day strikes until an agreement was reached.

The airline has seemingly yielded to the staff's demands and negotiations will now be recommenced, according to the union representative Hans Elsen.

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"This is the first proposal from Ryanair that can be properly discussed," Elsen stated. The details will be witheld from the public until Friday. Didier Lebbe of the Christian trade union CNE stated that "from now on there will be radio silence" in a bid to "be discreet about the content of the discussions."

Yet it is highly likely that Ryanair's permanent closure of their base at the Brussels Airport in Zaventem will be among the points discussed, as 59 people are expected to lose their jobs as a result of the decision.

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