Minimum Wage News: RyanAir Investigated
Conditions for gig economy workers was the big employment law issue of 2017 and one that is likely to be reformed in 2018. Unfortunately, poor practices are not exclusive to gig economy employers. RyanAir has been criticised by the heads of the Business and Work & Pension committees after they failed to adequately answer questions on employment conditions and declined to answer further queries.
Cabin crew are reportedly required to work for free, pay for training and uniforms themselves and take significant periods of unpaid leave. This means that many, including agency staff, earn far less than the minimum wage.
Government and media scrutiny should reveal the true extent of conditions and the Government is keen to address the issue to prevent a race to the bottom in conditions across the airline industry. This could be the Sports Direct of 2018, watch this space.