Sacked staff sue failed airlineDefunct budget airline flyglobespan has been hit with legal action from hundreds of former staff members, who claim they were not adequately consulted before being made redundant.

According to the Scotland Herald, 500 workers claim they are rightfully owed 90 days’ pay -amounting to a total of £4 million in compensation – by the company, which fell into administration near the end of 2009.

In its most recent progress report, the firm’s administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers insisted there was a “valid defence” to the case and said it had instructed solicitors to lodge its case with the employment tribunal.

“We are still fighting on behalf of the cabin crew,” said Unite regional officer Fiona Farmer. “These are claims that are to be lodged and hopefully the money [the former staff] are due will be secured.”

Last week, Unite confirmed that British Airways cabin crew would be balloted on whether to take further strike action, with the vote starting on Tuesday (December 21st 2010) and ending on January 21st 2011.

Posted by Hayley Edwards