Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, many people have been fearing for their job due to the decreases in income and wages to help battle the virus. For more than a week now, British Airways has been discussing with the Unite Union about whether or not they will be forced to let off several employees.
For a while now, it has been claimed that the British Airways will be suspending at least 36,000 staff members in light of the Coronavirus. Based on the negotiations that have been going on with Unite Union, they have almost come to an agreement that up to 80% of British Airway’s cabin crew, Engineers, and Ground staff will have to be suspended.
This decision will be affecting the entire staff at London City Airport as well as Gatwik until the pandemic crisis is over. This will lead to thousands of people losing a lot of money creating yet another crisis within their homes. Most of the employees have large families to fend for as well as take care of, what will they do now?
Well, on the bright side, those who will be affected are to receive certain wages through the governments coronavirus job retention fund. This will be covering around 80% of an individual’s salary, leaving them with maximum £2,500 per month.
The employees aren’t too surprised with British Airway’s decisions. They wholeheartedly understand that since all flights are on a halt and all planes are situated on the ground, there is absolutely no need for all these employees since there will be absolutely no work for them to do.
British Airway has not yet asked help from the government, but so far Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor claims that all financial revenues should be exhausted before turning to the taxpayer.
Independent Aviation Analyst, John Strickland, states that these are tough negotiations between the Unite Union and British Airways, but so far, a decision has not been taken. We hope that when they come to a decision that people will be compensated for such and that they won’t have to be living on the streets.
Grand Egyptian Museum Granted Three ISO Certificates Reflecting Its Excellence
Another reason to be proud of our Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), as if we needed more reasons!
Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), received on behalf of the museum two ISO certificates: a certificate of accreditation of international standards for environmental management systems (ISO 14001: 2015) and certification of the international standard specifications for the quality management systems (ISO9001: 2015).
Engineer Mohamed Habib, General Manager of OSS Middle East and Dr. Tarek Rizk, consultant of OSS Middle East and witnessed by Dr. Hussein Kamal, were the ones to present the certificated in the presence of General Director of the GEM Conservation Center, Dr. Eissa Zidan, Director of Executive Affairs of GEM Conservation and Transportation, and Dr. Elshimaa Eid, Head of Health and Safety at GEM.
This brings the total of certificated that the museum has been awarded to three, as the museum obtained the ISO certificate for occupational safety and health last September.
It’s also worth mentioning that this makes the GEM the only museum regionally and internationally to obtain three ISO certificates in less than 60 days!
These certificates resemble the positive impact that the museum have on the area and its surroundings, it also positions the museum as a sustainable and environmental museum.
Diving & Scuba Activities to Resume in Parts of South Sinai
As of December, diving and scuba activities for yachts on cruises will resume in six nature reserve diving sites in South Sinai, according to a statement made by Egypt’s Ministry of Environment.
The diving sites include: the Temple, North Laguna, South Laguna, White Island, Electricity, and Map.
The decision by Egypt’s Environmental Affairs Agency follows the cessation of diving activities that lasted for nine months, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Egypt’s health ministry announced Wednesday that South Sinai, Minya, Suez and Ismailia have recently seen a drop in infection rates, unlike Cairo and Alexandria.
According to the statement, “These sites were chosen after carrying out a number of field studies and scientific surveys, and after ensuring that they are distinguished by all the appropriate environmental requirements for diving sites to achieve the enjoyment of those involved in diving activities,” quoting Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad.
43 Floating Hotels & Nile Cruises Obtain Health and Safety Certificates
So far, a total number of 43 floating hotels and Nile Cruise ships have obtained the government mandated health and safety certificates.
These hotels and ships have started the resumption of their trips in October and ever since, they have been obtaining the certificates that are approved by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Egyptian Hotels Association (EHA).
According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, these floating hotels obtained the certificates for meeting the health and safety requirements set out by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The ministry’s inspection committees approved 26 floating hotels between Luxor and Aswan last week, including: Nile Dolphin Hotels; Solaris 1; Premium; Amo Boat; Abercrombie 2; Zaina; Medea; La Travita; Tosca; Beau Rivage 1; Château Lafayette; Esmeralda; Champollion 2; Abercrombie Nile Adventure; Crown Jewels; Royal; Regency Louvain; Miss World; Nile Plaza; Nile Shams; Emilio; Miss Beau Rivage 2; Nile Marquis; Blue Shadow; and Farah. In addition to these, the Nile Vision and River Boats in Cairo also received ministry approval to resume their trips.
The inspection committees will continue looking at the rest of Egypt’s floating hotels, the ones that submitted applications for the certificate.
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