Ryanair boss O’Leary hit by shareholder backlash over plan that would see him trouser an £87.5MILLION pay packet despite strikes
- Airline’s annual shareholder meeting took place in County Meath, Ireland
- Only half of shareholder agreed to back the company’s pay plans
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has been given a bloody nose by investors after just half agreed to back the company’s pay plans.
At the airline’s annual shareholder meeting in County Meath, Ireland on Thursday, just 50.5 per cent supported the bonus plans which could see the founder pocket €99million (£87.5 million).
A Ryanair spokesman said: ‘Ryanair is, and will continue to, consult with its shareholders and we will report back to them over the coming year on how the board will adapt its decision making to reflect their advice and input on all these topics.’
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has faced a backlash over the company’s pay plans
A number of directors on the company board, including US billionaire David Bonderman, were also targeted by a significant portion of shareholders who voted against their re-election.
Many had questioned their independence, due to close ties to O’Leary, however all resolutions passed at the company’s annual general meeting.
Advisory groups had recommended shareholders vote against the remuneration report, with Institutional Shareholder Services saying the plans for handing O’Leary 10 million shares if certain targets are met had no ‘compelling justification’.
It added there is ‘scope for better disclosure on annual bonus targets and outcomes appear slightly mis-aligned with wider company performance’.
O’Leary is entitled to the share award if net income at Ryanair hits two billion euros in any year up to 2024, or the share price goes higher than €21 for at least 28 days between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2024.
Ryanair has attempted to stop staff strikes with High Court action
The setback for Ryanair comes as pilots stage a second straight day of strikes at the airline.
Further 24-hour strikes are planned for September 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29.
Ryanair had attempted to stop the strikes with High Court action, but judges ruled the walkouts are legal.
The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) announced the walkouts after its members voted in favour of the action in early August.
The union said 72 per cent of its members at the company had voted in the ballot, with 80 per cent of those supporting industrial action.