Unite launches legal action over failure to consult on redundancies over failed Monarch Airlines

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Unite union has said Wednesday, that legal action is to start as the failed airline Monarch went into administration on Monday.

1,800 workers have lost their jobs from, cabin crew to engineers and pilots, they are lodging employment tribunal court proceedings as there was a failure to consult the workers about their redundancies.

Oliver Richardson of Unite union said: “Through no fault of their own, former Monarch workers are out of pocket and out of a job.

“While, understandably, a lot of the focus is on passengers, Unite is determined to ensure that Monarch workers, who worked so hard to try and turn the airline around, are not left high and dry.

“The manner in which Monarch went into administration and the way the government allowed it happen means there is a strong claim for compensation by former Monarch workers.”

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) are to seek compensation for their members “for the shabby way our Monarch pilots were notified of their company’s demise and their own sacking.”

Brian Sutton of BALPA said: “Since Monday we have already lined up potential job opportunities with 18 different airlines and we have arranged our flight crew futures event to take place on 17 October at Gatwick, and we encourage all Monarch pilots to attend.”

KPMG who has been appointed as a joint administrator said that their staff were in five airports for Monarch staff from 4:30am and employees were invited to meetings.

KPMG said: “Later on in the afternoon of our appointment, the administrators’ team held meetings at Luton with the company’s HR team and the government’s redundancy payments office, to ensure that over the following 48 hours, employees receive the documentation they need to accurately make the claims they are entitled to make.

“All such letters were sent to employees last night, on day two of the administration, which is extremely fast for any administration, let alone one of this scale.

“The administrators’ team and the retained company HR team will continue to provide whatever assistance employees require in order to accurately submit these claims.”

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