Dudley North MP Ian Austin has urged the government to ensure Monarch staff are helped to find other highly-skilled work in the West Midlands.
Austin stood up in Parliament to tell Transport Secretary Chris Grayling the government should do much more to ensure the crucial skills are not lost to the region.
Almost 400 Monarch staff in Birmingham are losing their jobs as a result of the airlines collapse last week – including highly-skilled engineers based at Birmingham Airport.
Transcript of Austin’s question to Chris Grayling:
Four hundred employees, including skilled engineering workers, are set to lose their jobs at Birmingham Airport. The West Midlands can ill afford to lose those skills and the contribution that they make to the regional economy. Will the Secretary of State ensure that his Department redoubles its efforts, and does everything possible to ensure that those people can find equally skilled work elsewhere in the region as soon as possible?
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling:
I absolutely give him that assurance. Securing strong futures for those people has been, is and will remain a priority for us, along with getting the passengers back. I am encouraged by the number of other airlines that are actively seeking to recruit. As slots become vacant at Birmingham, Luton, Gatwick, Leeds and Manchester, other airlines are already seeking to move in and take those slots, and they will need staff to work on the business as they arrive.