Monday 23 April 2018

Ryanair staff told to 'move to alternative workplace or take unpaid leave' as airline reduces number of aircrafts

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John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Ryanair has given some staff in the UK the option of work in an alternative location and paying their own accommodation, or else take unpaid leave.

The airline has written to cabin crew based at East Midlands in the UK, informing them that because the number of the company's aircraft at the airport will be reduced this winter, the staff may seek a "temporary secondment" to a base where capacity will increase over the winter, such as Berlin, Cologne and Eindhoven.

This was certainly the week when O'Leary's ego flew too close to the sun and showed he is fallible in business. Photo: Reuters
This was certainly the week when O'Leary's ego flew too close to the sun and showed he is fallible in business. Photo: Reuters

But they have been warned that if they don't accept the secondment from their current base, then the company will be left with "no alternative" except to "allocate you unpaid leave".

"Please note that you will not be entitled to receive statutory pay for this period of unpaid leave in circumstances where you have declined alternative work," a letter to cabin crew states. Any cabin crew who accept the secondment will have to pay their own accommodation and daily costs at their new base. The secondments will last about two months.

It is the latest issue to plague the airline, which has suffered a dire week in the wake of the flight cancellations fiasco.

Ryanair issued new rosters to pilots yesterday but pilots were informed of their duties for the next three weeks, rather than four. It underlines the continuing difficulties the carrier is having in developing schedules to minimise disruption.

Irish Independent

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