Virgin Atlantic plans for normality despite strike

Carrier hopes volunteer employees will pull through.

Travel Insurance News - 07/01/2008

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Virgin Atlantic has said that around 90 per cent of flights will be running normally during the cabin crew strike on 9 and 10 January.

According to recent press reports, other cabin crew employees have "volunteered" to help keep the flights running on a relatively regular schedule.

Lyell Strambi, chief operating officer of Virgin Atlantic, expressed the belief that "hundreds" of employees will turn up for work despite the strike. The first 48-hour strike is scheduled to begin 9 January, and a second is planned for 16 January.

Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson has released a letter to employees in the union, declaring that those who were not satisfied with their wages should seek work elsewhere.

Strambi said Virgin Atlantic hopes to resolve the conflict, but only if the crew is willing to return to work.

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