Union to Take Monarch to Employment Tribunal

The union, Unite, is looking set to start legal action against the now defunct airline, Monarch, to court over the handling of staff redundancies

Unite, the largest trade union in Britain, has over 4 million members, of which around 1800 of those were employed at Monarch as engineers or cabin crew, is looking to lodge an employment tribunal claim on the grounds that Monarch failed to consult with staff prior to making the redundancies.

Currently, the law on redundancies means that where a business is making over 100 people redundancy, then a minimum consultation of 45 days is required with employees that have two years or more service are entitled to statutory redundancy pay.

The BALPA (The British Airline Pilots Association), the trade union for pilots, said that it is intending to seek compensation over the way in which its member were treated by Monarch. BALPA claimed that if employees were not able to make initial redundancy meetings or conference calls they were asked to join at a later time where the cost of dialling in was significantly more expensive.

KPMG, the consulting firm that has been hired to handle the administration has said that the 17 strong HR team has been retained “to provide assistance to the rest of the workforce, including help in making claims to the Redundancy Payments Office”. A KPMG spokesperson said that the HR team would also be hosting job fairs in the near future to help those affected by the redundancies.

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