London — Ryanair has inked deals with more unions across Europe, the Irish no-frills airline said on Friday as it looks to avoid further strike action threatened by pilots and cabin crew. “These signed agreements with our pilot unions in Portugal, the UK, Italy, and shortly in Spain, demonstrate the considerable progress we’re making in concluding union agreements with our people in our major EU markets,” Ryanair’s head of human resources Eddie Wilson said in a company statement. But the latest agreements are only a stepping stone towards the key demand of Ryanair staff outside Ireland that the airline stop employing them under Irish legislation. Employees argue that the status quo creates huge insecurity for them, blocking access to state benefits in their own countries. Ryanair’s statement came one day after Belgian unions representing the airline’s cabin crew threatened “several strike days before the end of the year” by Europe-wide employees. Ryanair pilots across Europe staged ...

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