Ryanair today confirmed the basis of a comprehensive Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) had been reached with the three main cabin crew unions in Italy.

The set of agreed principles will cover the low cost carrier’s Italian based cabin crew from October 1 as it seeks to combat threatened strike action across Europe.

If finalised, the deal will run for three years and allow Italian cabin crew to move to local contracts over an agreed period.

Staff will also get a pay rise including increased tax free allowances.

An Italian pension scheme will be included as part of the overall package.

Ryanair chief people officer Eddie Wilson said: “We welcome this agreement with the three Italian cabin crew unions on the terms of a Collective Labour Agreement, which will cover all of our Italian based cabin crew, and will start from next month.

“This agreement follows recent cabin crew agreements in Ireland with Forsa and in the UK with Unite.”

He added: “We expect to sign this first CLA for our Italian cabin crew before the end of September, which will lead to significant pay improvements and other benefits for our Italian based cabin crew.

“This agreement is a further sign of the significant progress Ryanair is making in reaching agreements with our people and their unions in different EU countries, and disproves false claims made by smaller unions not involved in these negotiations, and who are threatening strikes later this winter, which will either not take place or be unsuccessful.”