Posted on: 24 September 2014 by Mark Howells
Monarch Group staff have taken part in a ballot regarding concessions (both in pay and terms and conditions) which the airline hopes to introduce as part of its plan to evolve into a leading European low-fare carrier, with a majority of staff voting in favour of the changes.
The Monarch Group claims that a proportionately high level of staff decided to vote after supportive discussions with union representatives of the British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA) and UNITE, which represents cabin crew and engineers. Results showed 96% of pilots, 90% of cabin crew and 88.43% of engineers at Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd (MAEL) voted in favour of concessions.
Andrew Swaffield, Monarch’s CEO, responded to the news by saying, “This vote represents another step forward in our efforts to transform Monarch and demonstrates a commitment from every member of the Monarch workforce.” Concessions as part of the restructuring plans will involve up to 30% concessions in salaries alongside changes to working patterns.
“Our priority is the welfare and longer term job security of our members,” commented Oliver Richardson, national officer for UNITE, which has more than 1,000 members working in cabin crew and engineering roles. “We will be seeking assurances and commitments from the new investors and company regarding future business plans and any impact they might have on our members.”
This follows the announcement that Monarch has secured future investment from Greybull Capital LLP.