Another chapter of the Swedish Trade Union Federation (LO) plans to vote on Tuesday whether its members should boycott the airline Ryanair for what they say is the company’s unfair treatment of its employees.
Monday, May 20, 2013
A former member of Ryanair's cabin crew has blown the whistle on the conditions of work at Europe's largest budget airline. Sophie Growcoot contacted her local MP to reveal that her employment contract with Crewlink, a contractor for Ryanair.
Industry lobby group A Fair Tax on Flying has repeated an appeal for government action to tackle Air Passenger Duty after Flybe pilots took a pay cut to avoid redundancies blamed on the “iniquitous” tax.
Budget carrier Ryanair has posted record full-year earnings but warned profit growth would slow sharply in the coming 12 months. It expects the slowdown to be caused by weakness in the European Union and high fuel and airport costs.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
But when an airline requires its permanent, home-based pilots to be self-employed and uses an agency to carry out the rather vestigial remaining Human Resources function, it is reasonable to ask what kind of a relationship the pilots have with their de facto employer, and whether it's a healthy one. This is what happens at Ryanair and Norwegian Air Shuttle, both very commercially successful low-cost carriers. Passengers like their low prices and flock to fly with them. Maybe this is the employment model of the future.