TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN TRAVEL INDUSTRY UNDER THREAT
20th March 2020 | James Cove, PlanetSKI editor
Last modified on March 25th, 2020
The ski industry along with other sectors of travel is facing an unprecedented crisis as the coronavirus continues its expansion. PlanetSKI reports.
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The Government is expected to announce an employment and wage subsidy package today, which could help protect tens of thousands of jobs in the travel industry.
There are, though, deep and underlying problems.
Ski companies are reducing staff and we know of many job losses already.
TUI UK & IRELAND, that has Crystal SKI under its umbrella, has taken measures with a reduction in the working hours and pay of all non-retail staff.
From 1 April, the company will make adjustments to the contractual hours of all other staff, which will be reviewed on a monthly basis.
Employees, including board directors, will receive a 30% reduction in basic pay and contracted hours.
Staff required to work less than 50%, or not at all, will receive half their basic pay and contracted hours.
The company said there would be no redundancies other than those already planned for a seasonal travel business.
Small ski operators have already laid off staff.
Here at PlanetSKI we urge you to delay and postpone any booked trip.
If you are feeling brave then now is actually a good time to book for next winter, but only do it with a company that is fully protected so your money is safe.
We understand the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will unveil a package of measures later today.
“As well as providing emergency support to business, it is essential that money goes into workers’ pockets now. We must do whatever it takes to stop businesses going to the wall and workers being plunged into poverty,” said Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC.
Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this article later today.
We urge you to postpone and delay, not cancel.