Unite the Union

Unite the Union

November 28, 2007 05:56 ET

Unite condemn employee 'abuses' at airline FlyGlobespan

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2007) - Unite, the UK's biggest trade union, has criticised working practices at low cost carrier, FlyGlobespan.

The trade union says that irregular work practices are being used as corners are cut by the airline. Unite has received reports that cabin crew are allegedly being put in situations where they have to take off uniforms and travel as passengers through customs in the US to avoid having to have US work visas.

The union says it is also aware of allegations involving FlyGlobespan crew having to sleep on floor of planes so the company does not have to pay for accommodation for them at certain destinations.

Unite National Officer for Aviation, Brian Boyd, has been interviewed on FlyGlobespan for the BBC programme Watchdog this evening. He said:
"FlyGlobespan should not be exercising the minimum Civil Aviation regulations, they should be striving to exceed them on every occasion.
"Passengers deserve a properly rested and alert crew and the crew themselves should not be forced to work without adequate rest which affects their work performance, and ultimately their health."

Unite say that an agreement that allows the union to represent FlyGlobespan employees will result in better terms and conditions for staff. It has urged the company to begin negotiations with Unite as quickly as possible.

FlyGlobespan is an Edinburgh based airline and flies out of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stansted and Gatwick. It flies to European, US and transatlantic destinations.

Contact Information

  • Unite Press Office
    Catherine Bithell
    020 7420 8909 or 07958 473 224.