Bim Afolami MP yesterday asked the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling what measures the Government is taking to support former employees of Monarch airlines (based at Luton Airport) who lost their jobs as a result of the airline’s collapse.
Mr Grayling made a statement to the House of Commons yesterday, explaining the context and detail of the situation, and what the Department for Transport was doing to help those 110,000 passengers who were stranded abroad. Following the statement, Mr Afolami asked for further details of how the Government was assisting Monarch employees who had lost their jobs, many of whom live in Hitchin and Harpenden.
Mr Afolami said: “Many of my constituents were employed by Monarch, and I am pleased that the Government has been working extremely hard to make sure they can find alternative work. Mr Grayling reassured me that other airlines are stepping up to offer employment to the 2,000 people affected. For example, Virgin Atlantic is offering a fast-track recruitment process for cabin crew and pilots, and EasyJet has invited applications for 500 cabin crew vacancies as well as for direct-entry captains. All former Monarch employees should have received information from JobCentre Plus outlining the support available to them.”