Published on Monday, January 13, 2020

Unite demands urgent talks with Flybe

Unite is seeking an urgent meeting with Flybe management following reports that the airline is on the brink of collapse.

The union's assistant general secretary Diana Holland described speclation about the airline's future as 'deeply unhelpful and incredibly unsettling for the company's loyal workforce'.

"Unite is now seeking an urgent meeting with the company to fully understand the challenges Flybe is facing," she said.

"Unite is committed to helping ensure the future of the company and to preserve jobs but this can't be achieved if the union is kept in the dark."

Following reports that Flybe has asked for a Government bailout, Holland said: "It is essential that the government plays an active role in helping to ensure that Flybe continues to operate. It is not acceptable for the Government simply to prepare for failure.

"The government must demonstrate that it has learnt the lessons from the collapse of Monarch, which it failed to apply during the collapse of Thomas Cook.

"The government must implement both the Airline Insolvency Review and the Insolvency and Corporate Governance Review at the earliest possible opportunity. It has previously committed to do so, but actions speak far louder than words."

A report on Sky News claimed that accountancy firm EY is on standby to deal with the airline's administration if it collapses.




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