Mullins says he would never ask his employees to do such a thing. “Willie Walsh and his boardroom mates got the airline into this state, so it’s only right that they should take the hit for messing it up. He gets paid the big money to make the important decisions, that’s how it works!” Mullins says. "If the airline is going down it’s these guys who should go, and I don’t mean just for a month – clear the whole useless lot of them out.”
Walsh is not drawing a salary during July at a personal expense of £62,000, based on his annual pay of £743,000. Mullins isn’t impressed: “I bet his bank won’t foreclose on his mortgage and his family won’t go without. I am flabbergasted he’s got the cheek to even suggest this."