The 'sickbags' referred to were distributed by HTF
- a union representing cabin crew amongst others. They describe Ryanairs' relationship to their employees in general. Reported items include:
Swedish Cabin Crew's basic pay is around 6000 Swedish Crowns per month. Supplemented by 6000 in flight payments and around 1500 in commission on sold onboard items. 13500sek per month (at 13sek: 1GBP thats around Â£1000 per month). HTF
report an average 64.5 hour week, according to Swedish law (again reported by HTF
) a maximum of 45 hours per week is permitted. I should add here, in an attempt at fairness, that crew at SK
have also raised this issue, since they also 'often' work 50-60 hour weeks. However, sick-pay is a real issue here. If a Sweden based FR
employee is sick, their sick pay is based on their basic pay, calculated according to Irish law. Even according to Swedish regulations, it is the basic pay rate that determines sick pay (and also state pensions). It is therefore important that basic pay rates are reasonable - 6000 SEK/month is not. SK
and other Swedish airlines pay according to Swedish standards, rather than law. FR
have had recruitment problems here in Sweden and have lost the majority of Swedish cabin crews since the beginning of the year. Replacements have been brought in from the Baltic States. Full details of the current position (according to HTF
) can be found on http://www.htf.se
for those that can read Swedish.
Personally, I have no problem with FR
competing hard and on the boundaries of decency (!) - but they have compete on a level playing field, as Anders Ehrling mentioned in a radio program here yesterday.
BTW ignore my username in this thread! I no longer have any connection to EI