The two former pilots reacted strongly to the leaked recordings. Wizz Air employees expressed their disapproval of part-time work during the holidays and were called “rotten apples.” Last year, four more pilots were unemployed and received legal remedies.
-The former Wizz Air pilot who flew to E24 said it was shocking to hear this news.
He was one of the unemployed when the airline announced plans to lay off one-fifth of its staff in April last year, or about 1,000 employees. E24 heard the recently leaked audio recordings, and this process is inspiring. Dagbladet has been published Excerpt from a seven-minute clip.
When they were supposed to meet with about twenty basic captains, they were instructed to start logging with “rotten apples.”
According to the recorder, if you are seriously ill, ask for leave, ask for leave, or do not agree to extend your working hours to more than the usual 12 hours, then the pilot should be considered a bad apple. Anyone who is not “Wizz culture” will use these words.
The company’s communications manager Andras Rado admitted in an email to E24, “At that time, under very special circumstances, a regrettable language was used in internal meetings”.
Rado wrote that when the record was disclosed, Wizz Air took immediate action, including a new head of aircraft operations, restructuring of the regional structure, and internal investigations conducted by a third party.
It is not certain who you heard in the clip, or what role the people involved play in the Hungarian budget airlines.
E24 has spoken to two pilots from two different countries. They lost their jobs at Wizz Air in April last year and both heard about the leaked recordings. They have not flown in Norway.
Because they did not want to be named, the pilots accepted an interview with E24 because they feared that being named by name would seriously damage their future career. One of them is in legal proceedings because he believes this is an unfounded dismissal, so he needs to get back to work.
E24 saw the resignation letter they received. One of them only said that “simplification” was the reason, while the other only said that “performance” was the only personal reason.
A pilot pointed out that the claims about rotten apples were inconsistent with the pilot’s right to rest and freedom. He believes that putting pressure on pilots to make them work for a few days, or when they feel uncomfortable, require longer shifts, which violates all the rules of the aviation field.
Another pilot said that he was not directly shocked when he heard the recording, because he had long believed that this mentality was a characteristic of Wizz Air’s management, but in fact, hearing these words was still completely different.
The two believe that a work culture in which pilots do not want to be regarded as “rotten apples” that pilots must say “yes” to additional work poses a risk to flight safety.