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Coronavirus: Ryanair to cut up to 3,000 jobs as pay cuts start from July and reduced Gatwick service under review



The budget airline has announced that up to 3,000 jobs are to be cut, made up of mainly pilots and cabin crew.

The decision has come following the drastically reduced operation of the airline during the virus pandemic.

This works out to about 15% of their workforce but the airline has also said there will also be pay cuts from July.

Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said that they will also have to look at possibly closing some of their regional bases and whilst Gatwick would not be closed it was more than likely that their aircraft numbers and operations would be reduced there.

O’Leary also commented on reports from some passengers on the delay for cash refunds, saying:

“We process 10,000 refunds a month in normal conditions but now we are processing 10,000 refunds a week. We are working through this backlog at incredible speed and every customer will get a cash refund if they want a cash refund but they will have to bear with us as it will take many weeks and months to process.”


How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map



The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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