Easyjet, the budget airline, has announced that it is looking for over 1,000 cabin crew staff, days after Ryanair, its rival, announced that it was cutting hundreds of jobs in Ireland.
Easyjet said that half of the positions are permanent and fixed term. The employees would be based in the United Kingdom and give various rewards which will include training opportunities.
The new recruits will complete a series of online pre-coursework assignments, and will then be taking three weeks of practical demonstrations in aviation security, first aid, and safety procedures.
Yesterday, Ryanair announced its plans to cut down its Dublin fleet by 20 percent, placing at least 300 jobs at risk. The airline said that the decision was made to reduce the Dublin fleet in favour of Ryanair Sun, its Polish charter airline, and also since the strikes that were initiated by Irish pilots had resulted to a downturn in airfares and forward bookings.
The public spat of the airline with its employees over working conditions and pay has ramped up during the recent days. Today, signified the last day of the two-day strike that was held by employees of Ryanair who earlier this month, published a list of 34 demands which included improved sick pay, employment contracts, and “a fair living wage,” using their own language based on local instead of Irish law.
The general secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation union, Stephen Cotton, stated: “Over the last two days we have a seen a sharp contrast between the bravery of Ryanair workers and the incompetence of Ryanair management.
He added: “Instead of engaging with its workforce, Ryanair made some last-minute efforts to undermine the strike by forcing workers from elsewhere in Europe to cover for striking colleagues. Meanwhile, they also blamed Irish workers when announcing plans to reduce operations in Dublin. This immature anti-union approach and bullying tactics raise the question of whether the current management is capable of steering the company towards a sustainable, unionised business model.”
The company has stated that it does not plan to pay out compensation to the passengers for the disruption. In a statement, Ryanair disclosed: “Ryanair fully complies with all EU261 legislation, however as these flight cancellations were caused by extraordinary circumstances, no compensation is due.”
It added: “Under EU261 legislation, no compensation is payable when the union is acting unreasonably and totally beyond the airline’s control.”