First, if all the recruits at Ryanair are "fully qualified", it is rather bizarre some are referred to as "cadets" entitled to pay their B737 NG type ratings €29,500(TR - an aircraft qualification), £260 non-refundable assessment fee(CAE's cut?) excluded.
Let's assume those are not the pilots Robien Kiely was referring to, mentionning (directly) employed pilots rather than "self-employed" ones.
Indeed as of october 5th 2012 for instance... full screen
...689 pilots were self-employed, becoming "Company Representatives" for their own Limited Companies through one of the following "accountants"(all in Ireland of course):
How does Ryanair hire those pilots Company Representatives? Simple, it does not! (oh I'm sorry, was that document confidential?)full screen
Instead, the hirer("Ryanair Plc") pays the services of an independentcontractor(Brookfield here) which in turn engages the independentService Company operated by none other than the Company Representative, aka the pilot!
In other words, Mr O'Leary's(and his minions')left hand doesn't know what his right hand is doing(at least that's what our legal system is buying)!
Coming back to Ryanair's Brookfield's "self employed" pilots err... I mean "Service Companies", item 5 of their contract:
"The Company Representative will be responsible for the cost of the line training flights [...] The charge of €20 psbh [per schedule block hour] is payable for all flights operated until the end of the calendar month that the company representative is line checked."
Which means once translated into english:
"Pilots will pay line adaptation flights at a rate of €20 per scheduled block hour until the end of the month they are officially accustomed to their aircraft" [up to €150 provided 5.a or 5.b]
Meaning only one thing: Michael Hickey was right to be pissed! There is no pay-to-fly going on at Ryanair's, it's Brookfield that does it on their behalf! Oh wait...
In the ongoing war against (bogus)atypical employment in aviation, a battle was lost today in the Netherlands, June 2nd 2015, day #56 of the "Stop pay to fly" campaign.
Following a Dutch Parliament hearing (that occurred the same day as the EP hearing on the same topic), Dutch media awareness was triggered 10 days afterwards with 6 different media outlets releasing publication simultaneously on May 17th:
The latest was the basis (explicitly referenced) for Dutch MEPs (from PvdA, CDA and Christian Union) to draft a set of 4 questions on May 22, asked by Dutch MP Martijn Van Helvert to their Government. The answers came today from Secretary of State Mrs Wilma Mansveld(picture above), english translation below (courtesy De vervlogen droom):
While we remain confident this kind of statements won't hurt her career (for lack of content), we find extremely challenging to quote any argument promoting the defense of the greater good. Nevertheless, we dare quote:
"Given the fact that EASA tackles this issue [p2f] appropriately [...] from a safety point of view there is as yet no reason to intervene at a national level"
Less than 3 short weeks after the EP event, still in accordance with our road map for the "grand scheme of things", the right dominos continue to fall one after the other.
The following is the latest, presented with no comment...
edit June 6th:"How can Nicolas, 20, living in Toulouse and dreaming to become a pilot afford to pay for his flight hours if he is subject to the so called pay-to-fly scheme?" _European Commission speech
Date:Day #9 of the "Stop pay fo fly" campaign, (May 7th, 2015), 1500-1700. Event:European Parliament (EP) meeting - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Current situation of employment and working conditions in the European civil aviation sector. --Exchange of views with experts. EMPL(2015)0507_1
[ECA vice president John Horn (second from the right) at the EP with his team and a SNPL member_picture courtesy ECA]
Since only Irish Examiner covered the event, the following is our best attempt to do so from the inside in the most suitable way.
Backstage plot - politics
--MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) from the EMPLOYMENT & TRANSPORT Committee of the European Parliament to put a parliamentary question before the European Commission on P2F--
Awareness on the P2F issue is growing in the European Parliament following the growing success of our petition and the latest events (ECA Conference on Atypical Work, hearing at the Transport Commitee, personal contacts with members of the European parliament).
German MEP Ms Jutta Steinruck has been present in many of these events and made several interventions pleading for the end of abusive employment practices in aviation, highlighting P2F in particular.
We have learned that she has now put a written parliamentary question to the Commission, co-signed with other MEPs.
Stakeholders - defending general interest
[Mrs Chicca, Mr Horne and Mr Turnbull from foreground to background]
During the EP meeting, in order, intervened among the expert speakers:
More than voicing concerns, our stakeholder representatives issued solutions and alternatives, which should be praised and looked at very carefully(apprenticeship instead of p2f?).
Together with the recent Danish report on "social dumping & rule shopping in aviation" where, quote:
"The EASA has also, following a Danish submission and at the request of the European Commission, initiated an analysis of the possible impact of the new business and employment models on aviation safety"._page 7
...we learnt that the topic would be raised at an EP(European Parliament)small Hearing this 7th of May afternoon in the EP EMPL (Employment) Committee, where the Ghent University, Cardiff University, ECA, AEA and ETF(which all played a role in shaping the European study on atypical employment) will make presentations and engage in Q&A with the related MEPs (Members of the European Parliament).
We hold good faith in our representatives and hope their political interlocutors will fully appreciate the seriousness of the situation.
Eagle Jet:"pay a measy 87,500€ and you will fly 1000 hours as an A320 airline pilot, no salary and no employment guaranteed (assessment cost not included)"!(Make haste, vacancies are closing this month!!!)
This is what it takes to find a job and set a new low in the aviation industry, considering this is just a legal"game".
It makes anyone wonder: Where. Are. Our. Regulators? Unless our Authorities regain a sense of dignity and accountability, next crash is on them.
"The fact that airlines make their personnel pay does not intervene in aviation safety regulation, as long as pilots are technically qualified" _source
Today we will debunk this statement again with another document. Fast backward.
July 10th 2013, a Project Manager and former Flight Ops IT Super User from Ryanair created this document:
[Congratulations "CIOFRI" (now flying in Asia)! // "SALAIS", you've been a bad bad boy...]
Surprisingly enough, this document (sometimes followed by a reminder via mail to "comply with SOP") appeared after July 26th 2012, when three Ryanair flights made 'mayday' emergency landings for low fuel reasons (as was heavily covered worldwide), even after the CIAIAC's investigation(that was included in 2010 RYR's other accident report) and IAA's recommendation"to review fuel policy".
How similar documents might have influenced the events of 2012 (and possibly before) remains unclear, however much worrying is what little might have changed (internal sources allege the 'fuel league' stopped summer 14).
Just like "pay to play/fly" scenarios, isn't financial pressure an undesirable leverage on safety? Let alone human factors (in this era where airlines pride themselves on CRM). We must assume:
"The fact that airlines make their personnel pay take liberties with safety culture does not intervene in aviation safety regulation, as long as pilots are technically qualified comply with minimum legal fuel requirements" ?
At this point, our Regulators can drop the pretense for concern:
"Safety does not intervene in safety as long as it's legal"
Published this April 1st, 2015, following the contact we had with another COMETEC member and their report on "pay to fly"(that preceded early january this year), COMETEC member Patrick Magisson(also Vice-Chairman of the FTL WG)was invited to express views on Canadian radio about the now worldwide p2f issue. The result is as follows.
In the recently published issue n°2, 2015 of "InterPilot", The Safety and Technical Journal of none other than IFALPA(our International Federation of Air Line Pilot’s Associations), must-read elements were showcased!
Aviation related issues were brought "to the top" thanks to the ECA sustained efforts in spreading the study carried out on behalf of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Civil Aviation by the University of Ghent (Belgium) and funded by the European Commission!