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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Personally Pays for Half of Overdue Wages to Cardiff Aviation Employees

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Fronting Iron Maiden is just one of the many hats worn by the polymath Bruce Dickinson. He is also the chairman of Cardiff Aviation and when he learned the company’s employees had not been paid in two weeks, he reached into his personal finances to slap a Band-Aid on the issue.

“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 percent of wages owed, in advance of Easter,” Dickinson said in a Wales Online report.

Apologizing, Dickinson added, “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.” Funds are expected to clear within the next 14 days, though he is hoping the staff will not have to wait this long.

“I know Cardiff Aviation has a bright future and as well as apologizing for this situation, we have asked staff for their patience as we seek to rectify this as swiftly as we can,” the singer / businessman stated.

Cardiff Aviation was established in 2012 and offers aviation support services including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, pilot training, air combat maneuvering instrumentation and leasing. The company currently employees roughly 150 people.

Dickinson will return to his most famed role as Maiden’s singer when the band embarks on their second North American leg of the world tour in support of 2015’s standout album, The Book of Souls. The tour starts June 3 with support coming from Ghost and a list of stops can be found at our 2017 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours.

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