Ryanair Pilots Offered More Money but May Have to Change Holiday Plans

Pilots unite to defy Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary over 2,000 flight cancellations

Ryanair said it was working to find solutions for the thousands of affected passengers, but also indicated that it would not be willing to place them on a suitable flight on a different carrier. However, pilots at several of the airline's bases have rejected the offer, and some have threatened to stage a campaign of "mass sick days".

He said however that if pilots "misbehave there will be no goodies".

Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary said yesterday that he was prepared to cancel pilots' leave on his own accord, in an effort to alleviate the raft of cancellations.

About 500 of Ryanair's 4,200 pilots are due to take four weeks of leave in a single block in October, he said, so may be asked to defer one week of that leave until after January 1.

John was particularly annoyed regarding Michael O' Leary's comments asking how pilots can be worn out when they only work an 18 hour week.

Companies that use online holiday planning software can encourage staff to request their holidays year round, and these details can be accessed and seen by everyone.

Richard Nicolle, employment law partner at Stewarts, added: "It seems increasingly possible that the outcome could be pilots raising grievances, coordinating unofficial industrial action or even going for the nuclear option and resigning and claiming constructive dismissal". "There isn't a union".

'Michael O'Leary's statements are disgusting, we regularly fly over 40-44 hours in a week, 50-60 duty hours, waking up at 4 am plus commuting long distances, ' the pilot told MailOnline.

Pilots have already been offered £12,000 to work through their holiday to ease the crisis but many have refused.

Mr O'Leary insisted that Ryanair's pilots work under "good terms and conditions". He believes that in November and December Ryanair will be losing a lot of their pilots.

He added: "To our pilots, thank you for those of you who have been coming in on your days off".

Referring to pilots' pay he said "maybe we have got it a bit on the low side" and said it would be looked at.

The airline says the move is to "improve its system-wide punctuality" after a sharp decrease in flights arriving on time in recent weeks.

After having to cancel numerous flights due to a lack of pilots, Mr O'Leary said: "I would challenge any pilot to explain how this is a hard job or how it is they are overworked, or how anybody who by law can't fly more than 18 hours a week could possibly be suffering from fatigue".

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