Dismissed Flybmi staff win over £ 135,000 in legal battle after company ‘failed in their jobs’
Flybmi staff who were laid off in the collapse of the company won a legal battle after a judge ruled the company “failed in its duty.”
The airline’s headquarters were based at East Midlands Airport in Castle Donington prior to its bankruptcy in February 2019, which it said was at the time due to rising fuel and carbon costs as well. than the uncertainty caused by Brexit.
More than 400 workers lost their jobs when the company, known as British Midlands International Limited, canceled all flights and filed for administration.
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Labor law expert Gaynor Becket said: “Flybmi’s collapse has had a devastating impact on the many employees who were made redundant with very little notice.”
Today “devastated” former employees received a payment of more than Â£ 135,000 between 63 former workers.
A labor judge ruled that Flybmi “did not” formally consult its staff during the “dismissal consultation period,” at a hearing in January 2020.
Judge Rachel Broughton said: “The employers’ fault was serious. There is no evidence of any attempt to conduct any form of consultation” (prior to the layoff period).
Lawyers for Simpson Millar took the legal action and expert Gaynor Becket added: working in the travel industry. “
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“While many people assume that job losses are simply inevitable if a company goes through administrative proceedings, especially in the travel industry given the current uncertainties surrounding international travel, employers still have an obligation to under current labor law to conduct a consultation staff threatened with dismissal.
“Unfortunately, we work on behalf of several thousand clients whose livelihoods have been affected by the turmoil experienced by the travel industry over the past year.”
Former employers including aircraft stock controllers, operations controllers and sales staff have received payments totaling Â£ 135,131 as a result of the judge’s ruling.