Ryanair attacks "underworked" airport staff over strikes

14 August 2010

Bitterwallet - Ryanair logoThe decision by BAA workers and their union Unite to consider industrial action later this month has incensed plenty of folk. If the strikes do go ahead, then six airports - Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen - will be forced to shut down. The ballot was called over plans to offer workers a one per cent pay rise, an increase considered insulting by Unite - even though air travel has suffered at the hands of recession and major disruption in the past twelve months.

You won't see this often, but for once we agree with Ryanair. In a press release, the airline states it will be forced to cancel up to 300 flights per day at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stansted airports - disrupting the travel plans of up to 50,000 passengers each day of any strikes. They also mention statistics concerning traffic at BAA’s airports, which "fell 4% in 2009, and has fallen again by over 6% in the first half of 2010 so these underworked Unite strikers are even less busy now than they were last year."

Of course, Ryanair don't leave it there:

“There is no justification for any strikes by these selfish and underworked Unite members at a time when traffic at BAA’s airports is falling and they are even less busy than they were last year. Unite must not be allowed to blackmail ordinary passengers or their families by striking during the peak holiday season."

"If the Unite union closes the BAA airports, then they should be told in no uncertain terms that a pay freeze will immediately follow.”

Well said, Ryanair. Christ, did we just say that?

TOPICS:   Travel

32 comments

  • tin
    I'm assuming the same number of staff work at these airports as in 2009?
  • Skymarshall
    Unions are just another way for satan to piss off the masses. Wankers.
  • Alexis
    But why should pay be linked to air traffic? These people are still working the same number of hours. They're not sitting around because there are less planes in the sky. I think Ryan Air forget that they couldn't exist without air traffic.
  • Chris
    Why does a 6% fall in traffic necessary mean a 6% fall in work?
  • David P.
    @Chris. Why doesn't it?
  • TheThing
    Isn't it funny that Ryanair talk of Unite blackmailing ordinary passengers, what about companies like BAA, whose profits have dropped through no fault of the workers, then, basically, telling those workers that to keep our accounts looking good, we're going to offer you a derisory payrise, even though inflation is five times higher than the offer. Doesn't that constitute blackmail....I can well imagine someone in BAA management telling the workforce, that if they don't like it, they can always leave and try and get a job elsewhere. I've not got any sympathy with "Anti-capitalist" types, but you hear things like this and you do sometimes wonder whether they may have a point. Lets please stop putting profits before people.
  • mein c.
    A 1% pay increase is below inflation. Meaning that regardless of how busy they are/aren't, the staff are losing money. And while the strike timing is fairly despicable, there's no point in striking when nobody's flying, since nobody will notice.
  • midnighter
    @mein kampf well said. They dont get paid a lot of money as it is. I love when people have a rite to stand up for something some arse claims they are bastards..or unions are evil....idiots.
  • X
    A below inflation pay increase is better than a kick in the teeth, no increase, or even redundancies surely?
  • mein c.
    A below inflation pay increase is a kick in the teeth, especially considering the staff took a pay freeze last year.
  • brian
    Some of these BAA workers have been seriously injured while at work,did you see those two,working in baggage handling with nasty scrapes all up their arms caused by handling the luggage from the inside.
  • callum
    I never got pay rises in my retail job, regardless of inflation, but I don't get into strops about it and I'll guarantee you I was paid less than they are (plus if they need a pay rise so badly, how can they afford time off work to strike?)
  • Youngyy
    @callum, get into strops? maybe if you had a union who could negotiate for you
  • jamie
    i too work in retail and ive not had a pay rise in 2 years my wife is a civil servant with her pay frozen for the next 3 years which is in effect a pay cut for us ,but we wont be going on strike as in times like this we make some cuts to our budget and be grateful we both have jobs. if they are not happy with their RISE go find a better paying job thats if they can,im sure a few of the millions that are unemployed that want to work are shaking their heads in disbelief
  • Simon B.
    I was lucky enough to get a 1% pay rise this year and im sure many thousands that have either taken a pay cut or pay freeze would agree with me when i say Unite members are fortunate to have jobs that alone moan about only getting a 1% rise. As echoed by many others that have lost their jobs in the last 12 months or more , i"m sure theyd swap places and accept a 1% payrise and job to go with it ... With the current climate we all will have to make sacrifices and i dont see why Unite members should be any different
  • mein c.
    lots of union busters itt
  • dearieme
    oh well,they will just have to increase the amount of goods they steal from customers luggage to make up the shortfall.
  • Will
    "Posted by mein kampfy chair | August 14th, 2010 at 12:41 pm A below inflation pay increase is a kick in the teeth, especially considering the staff took a pay freeze last year. " Oh seriously fuck off. I haven't had a pay increase in 3 years and have just been told it is frozen for another year. You don't see me or my colleagues striking !!
  • mein c.
    @Will Where do you work? Are you unionised? If not, why not? If so, why hasn't your union fought for you?
  • brian
    The Dockers were unionised,so were the Miners and Fleet St.....British Leyland, and many others........the sooner the luddites are banned the better.......
  • KLM s.
    Wow, I'm a union member but I'm not stupid/arrogant enough to believe that if the company I work for has falling profits then I deserve a pay rise. I got made redundant at the beginning of the recession and found another job, c'est la vie.
  • callum
    youngyy - Yes it looks like a strop to me. I didn't have a union. If my wage dropped (which actually it couldn't as it was minimum wage) and my employer wasn't doing badly then yes, involve a union. If I just fancy some more money for the same work then no. mein kampfy chair - maybe they have morals and don't agree with blackmailing their employers into a pay rise?
  • Tom
    Falling PROFITS, not loosing money. All about the share holders.
  • Alexis
    "I was lucky enough to get a 1% pay rise this year and im sure many thousands that have either taken a pay cut or pay freeze would agree with me when i say Unite members are fortunate to have jobs that alone moan about only getting a 1% rise. As echoed by many others that have lost their jobs in the last 12 months or more , i”m sure theyd swap places and accept a 1% payrise and job to go with it … With the current climate we all will have to make sacrifices and i dont see why Unite members should be any different." Everybody is fortunate to have a job on any day, in any year. You expect people to disregard the right of union and suffer just because you say so though? There is no obligation to take a pay cut just because the government has no money and the banks are deciding not to lend.
  • em
    Oh boy have the tories worked their spin well - we really all should be grateful for a job, current climate etc - current climate caused by whom? The unions are playing their trump card, strike threat at a busy time, yes its inconvieniet but how about telling BAA to stop pissing about their staff with a below inflation pay rise and get on with it - ok numbers from BAA own site - Busiest day ever recorded (passenger numbers): 18 July 2010, with 232,000 , a drop then? Why the need for a 3rd runway? Its terminals handled 6.7 million passengers during the month - a 3.5% increase on July 2009 total, according to airport operator BAA according to BBC The rest dropped passenger numbers but does that mean all the staff are still sitting on their bums? Anyway Ryanair dont use BAA Glasgow Glasgow airport has a dearth of cheap flights so no one goes there unless you are business or a package tour person, one route operates from Aberdeen and Edinburgh Airport - has seen a rise in passengers and handles more passengers than Birmingham (again according to BAA website). SO I don't see why Ryanair have to add their tuppenceworth to the discussion considering they do their damdest not to fund anything at an airport
  • mein c.
    I rephrase my earlier point, there are lots of wannabe union busters itt. Anyone arguing that they should be grateful for the 1% pay rise either doesn't understand how inflation works or is just being malicious. Idiots or assholes; your call.
  • midnighter
    @mein kampf Agrred. I love the "i have had to have a pay freeze for three years and I dont strike" 1: what wage are you on? do you know what they are on? 2: Agreed, all these problems stem from big banks and governement making mistakes with cash which we now have to cut back on, pay more tax etc" 3: Ryanair will try and get any cash out of people anyway they can. for them now to tell take the high ground and put out a statement which lets be honest is only trying to get them more media is shameful and shite! Do you really think that companies at any point if there were not unions would be all gentle and kind and look after their workforce and pay them good rates of pay?
  • Skymarshall
    Regardless of how inflation works, how would that change whether 1 person is entitled to a payrise and another not!? Also, what difference does the wage a person is on matter. Inflation is across the board, no!?
  • You're n.
    From what I've read in the news the Firefighters get paid £31K per year + overtime, and the security staff get paid £29K per year + overtime. Ultimately, only a thrid of their members, roughly 2200 out of 6200 voted in favour of a strike, which isn't really a mandate for strike action is it..?
  • Milky P.
    I say fuck them all, like its been said they're not on minimum wage or anything, they're doing it because they can. I'm another one who has not had a pay rise in 3 years, there's not much I can do about it (I work in manufacture, it's tough times). I'm sure other people will do their jobs (including stealing from suitcases) if BAA finally grow some balls and just get rid of them. I'm sure they can't do that but here's hoping the striking wankers lose their jobs.
  • fra
    It's the inconsistency from BAA that is most galling and has helped lead to this strike. They ask for a pay freeze when business dropped, the unions agree. Now that they are having their busiest time ever they refuse to share the spoils with the workers who made it possible. I don't see them turning to their shareholders(who lets face it do precious little to aid the company and jump ship at the slightest sign of turbulence) and suggesting greater investment in the company. The truth is BAA is a very profitable company and can well afford to give a reasonable pay rise to it's workers. There is no reason, other than greed, as to why they don't. As to Ryanair's comments, why is this disgraceful company being lauded? Their treatment of staff is derisory, their sole purpose is to line the pockets of O'Leary and his chums at the expense of their workers.
  • Nobby
    If they strike (unpaid) for 2.5 days, then they are taking a 1% pay cut. Take a week off, and it's 2%.

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