Ryanair publishes salaries of pilots on strike

The Irish budget airline has hit back at pilots and cabin crew members involved in this latest round of strikes.

Hundreds of pilots and cabin crew staff at Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair are set to go on strike on Wednesday (July 25) and Thursday (July 26), and in an unusual response, the airline has decided to publish their salaries.

The airline posted on its website that its pilots, who hailed from Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Germany and Portugal, earned between €190,000 (S$303,000) and €220,000 (S$350,000) a year.

It also said cabin crew earned up to €40,000 (S$64,000) a year - "more than double the living wage".

Ryanair was forced to cancel 16 flights from Ireland on Tuesday, affecting 2,500 passengers in total.

The pilots were fighting for better working conditions and pay, while cabin crew in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Italy are reportedly demanding that the airline give contractors the same contract terms and benefits as full-time employees.

Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said in a statement that these demands "are entirely unjustified.", as “Ryanair cabin crew enjoy great pay…industry leading rosters (14 days off each month), great sales commissions, uniform allowances and sick pay”.

The airline has also threatened to cut jobs if the strikes persist.

The President of Spain's Sitcpla cabin crew union, Monique Duthiers Sparre, replied saying she did not believe the airline would scale back its operations in Spain because the country accounts for almost 20% of its revenues.

"Sincerely, it is a threat because that is Ryanair's style but that does not frighten us at all," she told local media. 

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