Monarch Airlines, a British charter and scheduled airline, fired over 1,800 workers as it went under this past week due to an inability to keep up with competing airlines and the diminishing value of the British pound. Unite theUNION (Unite), a U.K. trade union which represents engineers and cabin crew who worked for the airline, claims that Monarch has violated labor law in failing to consult its employees on redundancies and in failing to give employees appropriate notice of their termination and corresponding pay. The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has also claimed that Monarch mistreated pilots represented by the organization and that it will be seeking compensation for its members. Due to the airline’s bankruptcy, the compensation being sought by UNITE would be met by the government.
See Alistair Smout & Victoria Bryan, Reuters, October 4, 2017