Ryanair has agreed to recognise Italian pilots' trade union ANPAC, the Irish no-frills airline said Thursday, after agreeing a similar deal in Britain.
The agreement comes after Ryanair suffered a troubled end to 2017, being forced to cancel 20,000 flights through to March this year, mainly because of botched holiday scheduling for pilots.
Against that backdrop, the airline has made concerted moves to improve relations with employees by recognising trade unions.
"Ryanair today confirmed that it has signed a union recognition agreement with ANPAC, who will now be the sole representative body for Ryanair employed pilots in Italy," a statement said.
"This agreement follows extensive negotiations with ANPAC since Ryanair's December announcement that it was willing to recognise unions for collective bargaining purposes."
ANPAC welcomed Thursday's announcement.
“This is a historic moment for Ryanair pilots in Italy, who for many years have been working to obtain union representation and both secure and uniform working and salary conditions across the different bases in Italy," the union said in a separate statement.