Reading the topic you, beloved reader, might ask, what the hell does he want to say. Well, bear with me a few minutes and let me explain.
This is a thread that deals partially with that completely nonsensical discussion about who deserves how much money for doing what kind of labour. Now listen closely, all you pilots, doctors, lawyers, investment bankers (I have to include myself!!), at least those of you living in a so-called free country that runs its economy like a market:
1. How much money does someone deserve to earn, is largely dependent on the guy that needs your service:
-If you are on death row, your lawyer is invaluable for your survival no matter how much money he makes.
- If you are suffering from cancer, your doctor should get millions just to make it go away.
-If you are on board of a B747-400 (I just love this aircraft!) with 3 engines gone and a hole in the fuselage you are definitely ready to rob Fort Knox just to pay the guys upfront.
- If you are currently sitting in your office looking out and trying to concentrate on this posting, you definitely give a flying you-know-what about any lawyer, doctor or pilot, because right now, they are completely useless to me.
If I follow you guys that earnestly believe, a pilot deserves to make at least xxx,xxx USDollars, then I have to tell you, right now he deserves to make nil, zero, nothing, because he is of no use to me and even of no use to people that are right now on board of an aircraft as we speak, because the thing is running on autopilot and in 99.99% of all cases nothing goes wrong, so the pilots are definitely making way too much money for doing nothing. Think about this before you call me a cynic or even worse, an aviation hater, because I am not. I'd rather see the aviation industry well and booming.
Fortunately this is not how it is done:
2. Wages are, though only partially, of course, settled via markets: Your employer will not be ready to pay you more than he can make on the basis of your working for him. This goes for pilots as well and this is how it should be done.
Wages are definitely NOT based on some hero worshipping of some guy that saved the lives of hundreds of people by doing the right thing on board of an aircraft (and thereby saving his own ass, too, do not forget this!). If I recall correctly, most aviation accidents were caused by human error, but that should be irrelevant for calculating the wages, too. Of course there are other factors like social status, cost of education etc. Therefore wages for certain jobs are low, like nurses, though they are needed desperately (at least here in Germany), but I wouldn't recommend anybody to be a nurse, if you don't want to starve.
Unfortunately I don't think the discussion about pilots wages will end now, but I hope I gave some arguments to all you hero-pilot worshippers to broaden your mind on this topic before raving like religious fanatics, because sometimes these posting read like advertisements for a new religion called pilotism.
Now to the "shit hits the fan" part:
Yesterday Lufthansa CEO Weber announced some severe cuts for all employees of LH (wages, working time, holidays etc.). And you know what?? I believe they will accept it, from top management and top pilots to the cleaning personnel, because they, at least, understand that their sheer existence is at stake. Why is this important to the discussion above?
Because I consider LH currently to be the best-managed Airline worldwide. Their CEO knows exactly how to run such a business and he knows as well how to handle situations like the one the airline industry is currently in (that's the shit that hit the fan). Nevertheless he did not ask for the German government to step in financially, only as a guarantor for assurance matters (most governments worldwide already do so). He is still convinced to solve the problems like it should be done on a market.
Now finally ask yourself: Is the work of a LH pilot less valuable in times like these??? Certainly not, but he will make a lot less money nontheless!
Best regards to all, thank you for reading and even more thank-yous for answering.
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