Ryanair pilots to subsidize lower air fares

viking737

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Ryanair pilots agree to pay freeze, productivity increase

Wednesday March 18, 2009
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Ryanair pilots voted "overwhelmingly" to accept a 12-month pay freeze and productivity increases in lieu of the 10% pay cut originally sought by the airline.
"We are still lowering air fares, which means we will suffer losses in both our third and fourth quarters of the current year," Director-Flight Operations and Ground Operations David O'Brien said (ATWOnline, Feb. 3). "Our pilots have recognized the difficulties we face and are making their contribution."
 

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This is rather interesting considering Ryanair's pilots are some of the highest paid in Europe and some of the highest paid pilots in the world for that matter.

What a novel idea: keep your very good pay and avoid furloughs instead of continually pushing for ridiculously high pay and have to furlough the junior guys, then have to take pay cuts.
 
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This is rather interesting considering Ryanair's pilots are some of the highest paid in Europe and some of the highest paid pilots in the world for that matter.

I don't know who told you that, but it's rubbish. They might have been relatively well paid when their stock and the pound sterling was strong, but not anymore.
 
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Yes, they aren't that well paid, and to get a job there now you need to shell out nearly 40,000 Euros.
 

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anyone got any real numbers on their payscales instead of trusting everyones biased opinions?
 

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Ryanair certainly does evoke strong emotions on both sides of the pond, but I'm not biased and it's not my opinion. If you are interested enough to browse through hundreds of pages on the subject, try looking at pprune.org. A quick search on their "what is your take home pay" thread results in a posting where a training captain (B737) claims to make 5,600 pounds per month after taxes, or about US 8,120 for 85 hours per month. He'll need to take his own thermos, though, as crewmembers have to buy their own coffee just like the passengers.
 

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This is rather interesting considering Ryanair's pilots are some of the highest paid in Europe and some of the highest paid pilots in the world for that matter.

What a novel idea: keep your very good pay and avoid furloughs instead of continually pushing for ridiculously high pay and have to furlough the junior guys, then have to take pay cuts.


Another shortsighted pilot who wants to race to managements offices offering up paycuts. Hey sport, I'd rather get furloughed and have a high paying good career when I am recalled than to come back to a piss poor paying job. If the choice is operate with 500 pilots who are paid for what the profession is worth or have 1000 pilots who are constantly nickel and dimed to death, I'll take the former. I can find something else to do to earn a living waiting for my high paying job back. Perhaps it will not be as much as I would have earned even with paycuts as a pilot, but it I am confident it would be commensurate with the job I had. We need to start drawing a line in the sand as to how little we are willing to work for on this job. What a horrible precedent people like you create for the management scum we have these days.
 

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Well, maybe they can make it up on the overnights, turning tricks.
 
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