Se­cret pi­lot: We’ll make it so toxic,he’ll have to go

Plot to make ‘des­per­ate’ Ryanair boss re­sign

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Ni­cola Byrne news@mailon­sun­

RYANAIR’S ‘Se­cret Pi­lot’ has dis­missed Michael O’Leary’s over­tures to him and his col­leagues this week, say­ing the pi­lots are plot­ting to get him to re­sign.

He said: ‘We want to make O’Leary toxic so he has to re­sign.’

The pi­lot broke ranks two weeks ago to tell the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day about the tough con­di­tions work­ing for the air­line. He was re­act­ing this week to news that Ryanair’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer was leav­ing and talk of pos­si­ble mass res­ig­na­tions.

De­scrib­ing the pro­pos­als as ‘noth­ing short of pa­thetic’, the Se­cret Pi­lot said O’Leary’s of­fer­ing is ‘too lit­tle, too late’ and pi­lots can ‘now smell blood’. On Fri­day, Ryanair con­firmed that COO Michael Hickey would be leav­ing. Yes­ter­day it was re­ported by the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent that a newly formed pan-Euro­pean pi­lot rep­re­sen­ta­tion com­mit­tee would re­spond to Mr O’Leary’s over­tures through a staff let­ter on Thurs­day and that a ‘nu­clear op­tion’ such as a mass res­ig­na­tion was be­ing con­sid­ered.

‘Michael O’Leary is not be­ing taken se­ri­ously any more,’ said the Se­cret Pi­lot.

In his let­ter to pi­lots, signed ‘Michael’, the CEO promised im­prove­ments to pay and con­di­tions, ros­ter man­age­ment and train­ing, as well as a loy­alty bonus up to €12,000 payable from next month. How­ever, his pi­lots are not con­vinced. ‘He’s des­per­ate. I had to laugh when he said that when he spoke dis­parag­ingly about pi­lots, he was only re­fer­ring to the pi­lots of com­pet­ing air­lines. That got a rau­cous laugh from all of us. He has a neck like a jockey’s b **** x.

‘And when he said Ryanair’s pi­lots were the best in the busi­ness I nearly choked. Does he think we’re com­pletely stupid? Pi­lots and other Ryanair staff don’t be­lieve he has any cred­i­bil­ity any more,’ the Se­cret Pi­lot said. ‘Pi­lots can smell blood. You know what he should have writ­ten in that let­ter? That he will stop threat­en­ing and bul­ly­ing us and treat us like hu­man be­ings.

‘Race­horses take a lot of up­keep and that’s meant all us Ryanair staff have had to take crap so he can pur­sue his rich man’s hobbies.’

The let­ter urges pi­lots who are

‘He has no cred­i­bil­ity and pi­lots can smell blood’

‘We’ve been plot­ting to get out since we got in’

con­sid­er­ing join­ing a com­peti­tor to stay with Ryanair – this is the only piece of the let­ter that the Se­cret Pi­lot said made any sense.

‘Like all pi­lots in Ryanair, I’ve been plot­ting how to get out since I got in. But sud­denly our prospects are look­ing a lot brighter – bet­ter pay, bet­ter con­di­tions and an all­round bet­ter deal. It’s some­thing I want to stick around to see.’

In­sIde job: The Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day of Septem­ber 24, where Ryanair’s Se­cret Pi­lot re­vealed the in­side story

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