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Ryanair cabin crew agree to temporary pay cut to keep jobs

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Ryanair cabin crew are to accept a temporary pay cut over four years to keep their jobs.

The development comes a week after Ryanair pilots voted for a pay cut to save hundreds of jobs.

Airlines throughout the world have been struggling to remain viable after coronavirus travel restrictions grounded many flights.

In the US, United Airlines said on Wednesday it was taking action to reduce its workforce.

In May, Ryanair said it was set to cut 3,000 jobs across Europe, or 15% of its workforce.

But on Wednesday, the airline said it had cut a deal with the Unite union so that UK cabin crew jobs would be safeguarded.

‘Constructive’ approach

Ryanair did not put a figure on how many cabin crew jobs had been under threat.

The airline’s chief executive, Eddie Wilson, said the deal would save hundreds of cabin crew jobs in the UK.

“The result of the negotiations with Unite demonstrates the commitment from our cabin crew and their unions in the UK to work with Ryanair as we work our way through this crisis over the next number of years,” Mr Wilson said.

The Unite union said the deal would ultimately safeguard a total of 1,800 UK cabin crew jobs.

Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “Unite has been contending with an incredibly difficult set of circumstances in the aviation sector.

“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.”

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