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Monarch Airlines Pilots Are Demanding Backpay

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Monarch Airlines Pilots Are Demanding Backpay

Monarch Airlines Pilots Are Demanding Backpay
November 01
15:44 2017

MIAMI — The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has asked Monarch Airlines owner, Greybull Capital, to consider paying owed money to the failed carrier’s staff.

BALPA represents 400 Monarch pilots that lost their jobs after the carrier ceased operations.

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The petition comes after the announcement made by Greybull Capital, in which they stated that profits coming from assets’ sales would be used to pay the remaining £60 million debt with the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA’s) for emergency passenger repatriation flights.

The union’s General Secretary, Brian Strutton, wrote a letter to Greybull Capital saying they have “an even greater responsibility to employees” after the airline’s actions left nearly 2,000 employees “jobless, and suffering huge financial losses of backpay and other monies owed.”

Strutton also wrote a letter to Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, pondering whether the CAA’s repatriation system “was truly necessary,” and could have been avoided, pointing Monarch Airlines could have continued operating to bring the 110,000 customers abroad back to the UK “before closing down in an orderly fashion.”

“Employees could have carried on working, brought all the passengers home and had all outstanding monies paid to them, Strutton said. “If there is any sense of conscience it should surely be to pay what is owed to employees.”

Credit: Adrian Pingstone

According to Strutton, this would have enabled Monarch staff to end their employment with “dignity.”

“It would be totally unfair and unjust if Greybull benefitted from being ahead of the creditor queue, then passed its proceeds over to the government while employees suffer huge losses,” said Strutton.

However, Monarch administrator, KPMG, is currently seeking clarification in court over whether it has the right to sell the airline’s slots at airports, which it claims could be worth £60 million.

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