Ryanair still battling to win over fed-up pilots
RYANAIR’S latest financial results published this morning will certainly be robust. But the airline is still battling to win the hearts and minds – and pockets – of many of its own pilots. It appears to be struggling to do so. Pilots at some of Ryanair’s biggest bases have already rejected fresh pay proposals from the company.
Something is going to have to give. The German probe is unwelcome news. However, Ryanair has agreed to assist German tax authorities as they investigate contract Ryanair pilots and said that the company itself is not a subject of the investigation.
Ryanair’s stellar success over the past 25 years, since it embarked on its low-cost mantra, has been built on the premise of driving ticket prices as low as possible, while at the same time keeping a tight lid on costs.
It’s a strategy that has so far served it well.
But part of the way it keeps control of costs has been down to how its workers are employed.
Its pilot rostering fiasco that erupted last month has laid bare deep discontent amongst many of Ryanair’s pilots and created a big headache for management.
Many of those pilots want new terms and conditions, different pay structures, and a new way to interact and engage with head office.
Pilots have already been told they might have to brace for industrial action for their message to be heard.
And no one wants that.