Ryanair argues that many staff are happy with contractor status, which they say gives them higher pay. Photograph: Reuters

Ryanair is ramping up a new subsidiary with weaker labour rights to better compete in eastern Europe, infuriating staff and unions by bypassing conces(...)

A Ryanair worker taking part in a protest in Valencia, Spain, in September. Photograph: Heino Kalis/File Photo/Reuters

Moves by Ryanair to close bases in some parts of Europe represent a “declaration of war”, union leaders say. The leadership of the pilot groups said (...)

At the meeting, Michael O’Leary told  shareholders that further strikes were likely to follow this summer’s industrial unrest at Ryanair as the airline got to grips with trade unions.

Ryanair looks likely to face increasing pressure from shareholders in the future to make changes to its board, even though investors voted to re-elect(...)

Ryanair agreed to recognise trade unions in December and said  it had reached deals with organisations representing about 60 per cent of pilots and cabin crew across its network. Photograph: Reuters

A European trade union group is demanding that Ryanair offer contract pilots direct employment from the beginning of 2019. Shareholders are due to at(...)

Ryanair pilots: Ryanair Transnational Pilot Group has tabled  a “way to de-escalate the current conflict” between the airline and its pilots. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

A group backed by European pilot unions has written to Ryanair proposing a way out of the industrial relations turbulence in which the airline found i(...)

By 2050 the production of drones will account for about 150,000 jobs across the EU. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Drones could make up a tenth of all aircraft operating in the European Union within a decade, the EU believes, as it pushes to create safety standards(...)

Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary last month agreed to recognise pilot trade unions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Global pilot unions are likely to discuss Ryanair’s pledge to recognise organised labour at a conference this spring. The airline reversed a long-sta(...)

Ryanair alleges it was defamed in a 2013 email sent by the Ryanair Pilot Group (RPG).  Photograph: Reuters

A former pilot has denied claims by Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary that the pilot caused five fare-paying passengers to be offloaded from a f(...)

Ryanair is not trying to punish three pilots – whom it is suing at the High Court – for speaking out, the airlines’s human resources boss has told the court. Photograph: Eric Gaillard / Reuters

RYANAIR is not trying to punish three pilots – whom it is suing at the High Court – for speaking out, the airlines’s human resources boss has told the(...)

Michael O’Leary leaving the Four Courts yesterday after giving evidence. Photograph: Collins

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has denied before the High Court that he described pilots as “overpaid under-worked peacocks”. He also denied(...)

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