Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Pays Half of Overdue Cardiff Aviation Wages Out of His Own Pocket
Bruce Dickinson continues to be a mensch: according to Wales Onlines, the Iron Maiden vocalist “will personally pay staff at the aviation company he chairs half the overdue wages they are owed.” The company, Cardiff Aviation, says they’re still owed funds which have yet to clear; as a result, roughly 100 employees have gone unpaid for two weeks. Dickinson took it upon himself to at least partially remedy the situation, releasing the following statement by way of explanation:
“Unfortunately, monies due to Cardiff Aviation will not have cleared in time for our maintenance, repair and overhaul staff to be paid in full before the holiday weekend. I have therefore decided to personally pay 50 per cent of wages owed, in advance of Easter.
“I, and the wider management team, truly regret this situation, and appreciate the impact it will have on our team. We expressed our apologies to staff during a briefing earlier today, and reaffirmed our commitment to address the shortfall as soon as possible.
“We anticipate the funds due should clear within the next two weeks – and hopefully sooner – and we will keep staff updated.
“I know Cardiff Aviation has a bright future and as well as apologising for this situation, we have asked staff for their patience as we seek to rectify this as swiftly as we can.”
This is a classy move on the part of Dickinson, who can almost certainly afford to take the temporary hit. I have to imagine it’s also really good for company morale. Basically, Bruce Dickinson is the superhero we all want him to be. That’s a nice change of pace, ain’t it?