‘Holiday makers have been let down by a lack of planning caused by Covid staff cuts’ – Voice of the Mirror

It was Grant Shapps’ responsibility as Transport Secretary to make it a condition that the £8bn going to the airlines were backed by a job guarantee

Half-time chaos is here to stay
Half-time chaos is here to stay

Travel bosses have never stopped whining about how hard their industry has been hit by the pandemic. But just when British holidaymakers are ready to give them a leg up, they shoot themselves in the foot.

The six-month anniversary break and the upcoming summer holidays seemed as surprising to these people as the iceberg was to the Titanic – another foreseeable travel disaster.

And Unite general secretary Sharon Graham warns in the Sunday Mirror that bosses are so clueless the chaos could continue into next year.

We understand forward planning teams at airlines and Whitehall have been laid off along with the 60,000 travel jobs they shed.

As a result, airline chiefs and Grant Shapps failed to realize that summer was coming.

It should have been obvious that those 60,000 workers would be needed again. It goes without saying that reinstatement would take longer than dismissal.

For many it was halftime hell



And it is obvious that it would be a serious mistake to sell holidays to customers when there may not be the capacity to offer them.

Rishi Sunak spent £400billion on Covid measures like furloughs to ensure the economy recovers from the pandemic.

It was Mr Shapps’ responsibility as Transport Secretary to make it a condition that the £8billion going to airlines came with a job guarantee. And these pandemic staff cuts should be reinstated.

Home Secretary Priti Patel should also have ensured that the Passport Office had enough staff to handle the flood of applications it knew it would get.

Some companies have learned from the pandemic. Tens of thousands of office workers prove the value of flexible working and the four-day week is successfully tested.

But now that we are getting over Covid we need a cure for the incompetence of those responsible for our journey.

Royally great

Prince Charles would have to live at least 143 for anyone to see another platinum anniversary today.

And even Prince William is now a bit short of reaching that milestone.

That’s why we’ve gathered by the millions – outside Buckingham Palace, at street parties and singing around bonfires. To witness unique, once in a lifetime events.

And despite the Queen’s understandable absence from many of them, she’s still been doing what she does best – bringing our nation together.

Differences were forgotten as we spent four days celebrating Her Majesty’s life, paying our respects and showing our love for the woman who has done more for this nation than any politician.

As Charles said last night, she wasn’t just a mother to him, she was a mother to all of us. Like any mother, he added, it’s what gets her up in the morning. To take care of their loved ones.

So at the end of the anniversary celebration, all that remains is to say thank you, ma’am.

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