Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19023 posts, RR: 53 Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1952 times:
OA is, I believe, one of Europe's most unprofitable carriers. One reason for this might be that whenever it tries to change, employee strikes occur. Accordingly, there is no real incentive to try to change, for whenever it does, no changes actually occur. It's a big shame.
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Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3310 posts, RR: 36 Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1898 times:
Correct, but OA staff are not regular "employees", they are civil servants, appointed throught clientelism and political affiliation, and they joined a union.
The result is their job is 300% guaranteed, whatever they do or dont do.
These people are entitled to a lengthy list of bonuses (working shift, night time, etc...), something they would loose if the government was forced to reposition them into Ministries or parastatal administrations.
Moving such a monolith is too much, even for an Hercule.
So, the first smart move was to downsize the monolith, by splitting it into smaller parts. This was done (Olympic Airlines / technics / catering / etc..), but now the EU seems willing to get to the real figures and procedures of the perenial government subsidies, which means a very heavy fine down the line.
Who will pay ? the taxpayer of course, but he has already paid for so many years for OA...
Political irresponsibility ? well, the politician who would dare to face civil servants unions is not born yet in this country.
The differences with staff and service at a privately run airline, i.e. Aegean, are striking.