Protecting workers’ interests ‘key priority’, as Monar...

Protecting workers’ interests ‘key priority’, as Monarch Airlines taken over

24 October 2014

Protecting the future pay, and terms and conditions of staff at Monarch Airlines is the ‘key priority’ Britain’s largest union, Unite, said today (Friday 24 October) as it sought assurances from the airline’s new management team following the announcement of today’s takeover.

Unite, which has more than 1,000 members working for Monarch in engineering and cabin crew roles, has given a cautious welcome to the deal which sees Greybull Capital LLP take control from the Mantegazza family.

Unite national officer for civil air transport Oliver Richardson said: “Our members have made significant sacrifices already in terms of their pay, and terms and conditions to help secure this deal.

“It has been a difficult time for Monarch and we hope that this takeover opens a new chapter for the company, its passengers and workforce.

“We are pleased that the company is going to be saved, but obviously our key priority is the welfare and job security of our members.

“We will be seeking assurances and commitments from the new management team regarding future business plans and how this may impact on our members.”


For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.

Notes to editors: 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.