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Old 28th Mar 2007, 18:35
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It looks like there will be more interviews soon, since another batch of resignations have been handed in. No wonder the head shed has a revolving front door!

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Old 28th Mar 2007, 19:41
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19 bods left since Jan! Bloody hell! Well im sure RS and the rest will certainly look at what the CC is asking for a little more closely.....

Good luck to all of you going on to greener pastures

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Old 1st Apr 2007, 13:48
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I hear 11 have resigned in the last fortnight... so I do the hope the message is getting through to the warerabbit.

The CC are now in a very strong position and let's hope they don't get fobbed off by the usual "zero cost" rubbish that we've heard in the past. The present training costs alone must be a stark reminder that you can't keep treating the crews in the manner that mangement have previously deemed appropriate... We have now fallen behind all others in terms of t&c's and the rostering department need a new computer system !! Steps need to be taken urgently to restore morale and to stop the flood of resignations- but that would take true leadership... bugger
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Old 1st Apr 2007, 14:36
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If T&C's don't improve, the simple answer is vote with your feet. I did and have not regretted it once. How can I regret getting £1200 more take home pay a month, a vastly better pension, 15 days off a month on average, 8 weeks holiday, Worldwide destinations - need I go on? However I have missed the Monarch girls Monarch is still a great airline, with great people but now I don't believe it is deserving of the good reputation it still has within the industry. It's incredible the number of Captains I fly with in my new company who say, " you worked for Monarch? I thought no one ever left Monarch?"

I would still recommend Monarch to anyone but only if they require heavy jet experience. Unfortunately Monarch will slowly become a training ground for the larger airlines, which is a shame. However you reap what you sow!
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Old 1st Apr 2007, 16:23
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I must concurr with TENDOLLAR. I am in the same position having left Monarch pastures new last year, even with a Command looming. I also on average get between 13-15 days off a month. Duty free weeks, weeks of leave or just days off keep coming along.Even as a Senior F/O at Monarch I have received £1200+ payrise per month with stable rostering,which has enabled me to realise a life outside of the 'job', even as a junior F/O!!
I think the people at Monarch make the company what it is, they truly are a very professional and friendly group but I think that's only because the T&C's are so bad now it has brought the workforce together more so than in the past when I joined Monarch.
To reiterate what my colleague has suggested, look on Monarch as a training ground to get that valuable 'jet' experience before moving to another operator with better T&C's.
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Old 1st Apr 2007, 22:56
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With the amount of people leaving at the moment, i'd say it won't be long before that good rep is completely flushed down the toilet...
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 14:47
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I will agree with the comments of those who have made the move. I did it a year ago and will say this. My lifestyle has improved as rosters stability is now a reality. I work quite a few weekends but at Monarch this could happen if you got on a weekend 'Roll' as I called them. My pay stub averages 1000 pounds more a month and can be even much more with overtime. The holiday set-up at Big Airways is far superior as is the staff travel. The pension has been greatly improved as well. Monarch senior managementís attitude about pensions was 'Thatís all you are going to get'. That was the fact that pushed me out. Monarch is a good employer and you could not meet a better bunch of people to work with. That being said there are much better contracts out there and obviously people are exercising their ability to make that choice to leave.
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 15:13
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I've been talking to a great deal of FO's and almost without exception they are "looking around". For most of them the forthcoming pay deal is absolutely crucial as to where their futures lie.. and I trust mangement are aware of the feeling in the ranks.

Should we fail to get a proper deal this time, the small flow of resignations will turn into a flood... Any plans the Company have of expansion would have to be reassessed and the even the present summer schedule could become unworkable. We are all aware that the grass is greener and we don't have to put up with the present t&c's any longer - Management seem all to happy to "feather their own nests" whilst the reputation of the Company falters...
Isn't it about time that some of the more senior captains now stood up and said "enough is enough - back to your day job Scotty"....

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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 15:38
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Sadly Scarebus, quite a large portion of the senior Captains you speak about, and I'm talking those who are approaching double digit seniority, don't give 2 sh%ts about the present situation, they represent the "I'm alright Jack" attitude that is borne out by their inaction.

The trouble is that there are two different companies within one at the moment, and I don't mean scheduled vs charter either.
The senior guys (B767/A330) are on very good contracts i.e. over 90K basic, 450-500hrs a year, plus 10-15k on voyage etc etc etc

The rest of us, well 750-900hrs per year, crappy DC pension, little or no voyage, and a Basic that has slipped markedly in comparison.
RS, MP, PB, and TJ are going to need to get very close to the asking level from the CC, they also need to invest in the future i.e. rostering, an Ops department that can make decisions, and accept that MON is no longer the desirable place to work it once was.

Don't expect much help from the longterm employed, many of them couldn't care less about our situation, they are more interested in protecting their FS pensions, which is ironic and sad really, given that they themselves have benefited from the hard work previous long servers put in.

I personally know of 7 f/O's who are sitting on yes letters to various carriers who haven't tended resignations yet
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 15:43
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I would echo the comments about FOs saying that they are waiting for the outcome of the pay deal.

Bad pay deal = "Thanks for the type rating I'm off!"
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 16:38
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Monarch Man,

7 more hey?? HAHA boy I wonder if RS has opened his eyes to the mess he has created! Zero Cost in the short term = MEGA COSTS in the long term!

Where are they off too? The usual suspects ie) BA, Virgin, Aer Lingus, EZ?

How many ppl have left from the 330? Do they have enough bods left to cover the summer flying?
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 17:15
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MM & S321,

With the greatest of respect guys, IMHO the most important factor in improving and then maintaining our T&C's is unity. As soon as we start antagonising each other on here and then dividing into separate factions we've had it. The current Ops Dir as we all know is both cunning and conniving and he would read these posts with glee.

We've got the ever increasing turnover of Pilots, we've got the strong pay claim and we've got the strength of feeling within the ranks, and if the ware rabbit doesn't deliver, we will all have the vote for industrial action!
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 17:20
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I couldn't agree more Defined, it is also worth making the point IMHO that there are those who are happy to benefit without offering anything in return.
The senior people I refer too are both well known, and well known for their views, they are also unlikely to be influenced by RS or his tactics simply because their only interest is number 1.
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 17:31
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Please don't tar all senior captains with the same brush. Yes there are some wide-body, over 55 age pilots, who have an easy life and are happy with the status quo. Then there are the rest of us. We didn't want the new inferior terms and conditions, but with a weak CC at the time, what could we do? You can't strike without union backing.

We warned you guys who've joined on the new contracts, via PPRuNe, but join you did. We told you it was a bum deal, but some people ignored the advice, joined anyway and then winged that they were getting less than the people on the old contract, as if it was our fault. It is not our fault.

However we arrived here, we have to deal with the situation we're in. If we turn our anger against each other, then management have total victory on a plate.

My position is that I will willingly go on strike for the DC pension or the removal of "the bar". But please, stop moaning about the deal YOU SIGNED UP FOR. The more senior pilots have done nothing to harm your lot. In fact we were fighting for you before you joined. And we want to help you now.
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 17:47
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Unwiseowl, with the greatest amount of respect, your words are heartening to hear
Having said that, those who joined after 2004 (of which I am not one) are merely wishing to improve their deal, they are perfectly entitled to express an opinion based on the industry as a whole, and how the current T & C's offered at MON have slipped in comparison
As regards to offering warnings, again that is all well and good for someone in a secure and reasonably well paid position, it is very different however for someone from a less secure perspective.
Whatever the rights and wrongs, the post 2004 guys/girls joined on a contract that was until about 18 months ago, quite competitve, it is clear now that it is not.
Most of the newish F/O's I speak too don't moan about the deal they signed up for , they moan that the deal they signed up for hasn't improved significantly enough to cover the increased costs of living etc etc to make them wish to stay at MON rather than head off to other employers who offer a better standard of employment.
Like you unwise, I will happily remove my labour to improve these guys/girls lot.
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 17:58
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Monarch Man, I don't disagree with any of that. And to be fair to the new contract pilots - at least they have some fire in their bellies and they're prepared for a fight. That's what we need!
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 19:22
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DC, It is apparent that there is now huge underswell of unity at Monarch - and as you rightly point out I feel the ball is firmly in our court...I have to say almost all the captains - young and old - are greatly annoyed at the huge turnover of junior pilots and the erosion of a once excellent reputation. And for what?? A penny pinching myopic policy which has clearly back fired and potentially stands to cost the Company far more than it has ever saved...
Monarch Man, although I fully appreciate that there are some senior guys on much better deals, a lot of those guys are fully aware of the problems and are just as disillusioned with the way management have been "managing" - I don't begrudge them the lower hours, higher pay and final salary pension scheme - to be honest i'm just jealous!! What I do want is their support and acknowledgment that others have a rather bad end of a stick....
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 19:32
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Me to Scarebus, me to

I guess I must have run into just about all of them in the last few weeks. Please don't think I'm tarring all with the same brush, as it is evident that some of the comments and views I have witnessed lately represent a small proportion of the senior pilot workforce.
Personally, I think RS is in for a rough time, I even suspect that his position my become untenable.
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Old 2nd Apr 2007, 19:35
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Well having worked for Monarch for two years out of MAN on the airbus fleet all I would add is that I left Monarch for easyjet last year and it was the best desicion I ever made. For any of the new joiners like myself I would whole-heartedly recommend it. You may do more sectors but everyting else more than makes up for it.

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Old 3rd Apr 2007, 05:45
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Talking

I left 2.5 years ago, best move i made. I was there for 14 years, was an easy choice. With Bunny features at the helm, you will not get anywhere unless you all pull together.
Shame as the Spotty M has a great bunch of people upfront, shame its being destroyed by the toothy one.

Good luck....

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