Keeping with the topics of the day thus far – Air New Zealand and pay packets – a solution to the Zeal320 dispute occurs to me.
There are about 240 flight attendants striking for fairer pay (they want pay parity with flight attendants doing the same job but employed directly by AirNZ eventually but at this stage just want a move towards it). Their claims for this round could probably be settled for $6,000 each a year.
Last year, Rob Fyfe got a 93% pay rise of $1.5 million, taking him from $1.6 million to $3.1 million.
It just so happens that 240 times $6,000 is just under $1.5 million.
So, if Rob Fyfe gives back his pay rise, 240 of his employees can get a fairer deal.
This isn’t a wind up. Why wouldn’t Fyfe be happy to work for the enormous sum of $1.6 million that he was happy to work for a year ago? The money is of no consequence to him but $6000 more a year for these low paid workers would make a real difference to their lives and avoid a strike no-one wants.
Fyfe loves being in the media. Loves portraying himself as some kind of Randian hero. He could make a capitalist messiah of himself with his noble sacrifice.
So, Rob, how about it?