The millionaire moaned that he was “paid £1.2 million last year for carrying 80 million passengers.” What carried them all to Lanzarote on his own back did he?
Hardly. It was in fact the work of thousands of employees, whose low wages ensure big profits for the airline bosses. While Ryanair may boast about a £50k average salary, this conveniently ignores the growing number of agency workers employed in jobs from maintenance to cabin crew.
Last year it’s eight directors (what do they do?) shared £5.6 million between them.
Ryanair refuses to recognise trade unions- the last time BALPA tried, management sent employees a letter threatening to cut jobs, cut hours and cut pay, if the union won the right to represent the company’s workers.
No trade union means no hassle about working conditions and safety. If workers do press their right to join a union, they simply get sacked – as happened to several Italian employees.
Michael O’Leary once said “the best thing you can do with environmentalists is shoot them” – what’s the best thing to do with greedy bosses leeching off their workers?