Ryanair’s boss Michael O’Leary has announced plans for the airline to recruit 125 new pilots within ‘the next week or two’.
The announcement comes just hours after a letter was sent to the company by a group of its existing pilots, rejecting an offer of a tax-free £12,000 bonus in exchange for working overtime.
BREAK: @Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary announces they are going to recruit 125 pilots in next week or two. Also increase pay for some pilots.
— Darren McCaffrey (@DMcCaffreySKY) 21 September 2017
The airline has come under increasing pressure over the past week after it revealed that an issue with staff leave meant that thousands of flights would have to be cancelled.
A total of 315,000 passengers have been affected by the blunder, which has resulted in 2% of Ryanair services up to the end of October being axed.
The company’s colourful chief executive Michael O’Leary made the announcement on the recruitment drive at Ryanair’s AGM meeting, taking place in Dublin today.
O’Leary has been facing tough questions from shareholders on his response to the crisis.
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The airline reportedly offered its existing pilots a tax-free bonus of £12,000 in exchange for agreeing to work extra days, in order to avoid having to cancel even more flights.
But one group, made up of employee councils from 14 Ryanair bases across Europe, have sent a letter to the firm refusing the offer.
Employee councils liaise with Ryanair on behalf of pilots and staff, as the company refuses recognise unions.
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The bonus was apparently contingent on pilots having logged at least 800 flight hours over the course of the previous year, but the letter claims few pilots will meet this threshold.
The pilots also say the details around the offer are too vague, particularly with regards to the number of days off pilots who accept the bonus would have to give up in order to qualify for it.
Source: Sky News