Wednesday 22 November 2017

Air hostess loses redundancy appeal

Shane Hickey

A FORMER air hostess lost her claim that she should be entitled to an Irish level of redundancy payment because she had been working in Dublin when she was let go by BMI.

Yvonne Scales (40) told an employment appeals tribunal that she should have received a better payment under Irish law as she was working for British Midland International here when she left the company.

Ms Scales, a member of cabin crew, had been working in Manchester when redundancies were announced there. She declined redundancy and instead moved to Dublin in 2009, where she worked with BMI for a trial period at half the number of hours she had been on in the UK.

She subsequently took redundancy following a meeting with BMI management. This was processed through UK -- rather than Irish -- law.

Ms Scales said the redundancy should have been calculated by Irish laws, in which case she would have received double the amount. However, the airline said there were no job losses in Ireland in 2009 and that her redundancy was on the basis of her Manchester position.

Ms Scales said she believed BMI knew there would be redundancies in Dublin, which happened in January 2010.

However, the tribunal did not accept her arguments and dismissed her claim.

Irish Independent

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