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Unite seeks urgent talks on the future of Flybmi airline

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, has called for urgent talks with Flybmi’s administrators about a possible buyer for the airline and to ensure that its members are paid their wages in full.

Unite has about 40 members, including cabin crew and maintenance staff, working for the East Midlands Airport-based airline which went into administration at the weekend.

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands, Paresh Patel, said: “Unite is shocked and saddened by the news that Flybmi has gone into administration.

"This is a terrible blow for the airline’s workforce and their families, as well as the East Midlands economy. We will be giving maximum support to our members who work for the airline across the UK at this very difficult time for them.

“Unite will be seeking urgent meetings with the company and the administrators to ensure that the workforce are not left out of pocket and that their wages are paid in full. We will also be pressing for a buyer to be found so that our members can continue to serve passengers into the future.

“Clearly though, the airline has been caught by rising costs and falling passenger numbers amid Brexit uncertainty, which is threatening the whole of the sector and undermined Flybmi’s ability to secure future flying contracts.

“We urge the government to pay heed and do more to restore confidence in the economy and for prime minister Theresa May to urgently act to bring clarity on our future relationship with the EU before many more jobs are put at risk."