Virgin Atlantic flight attendant, 36, takes up work shelves in Asda after being put on leave

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A Virgin Atlantic stewardess swapped airline aisles for the supermarket variety after being put on leave by the airline.

Sara Haider is used to flying around the world with her work, but the humble 36-year-old is now stacking shelves in her local Asda due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Super-fit Sara – also a personal trainer – said she was having fun in her new role by stacking chilled food in the Lancing store in West Sussex.

Virgin Atlantic flight attendant Sara Haider started work at Asda after being put on leave

Virgin Atlantic flight attendant Sara Haider started work at Asda after being put on leave

Sara normally flies all over the world but had to play a new role to make ends meet

Sara normally flies all over the world but had to play a new role to make ends meet

36-year-old woman says she didn't want to `` sit around doing nothing '' after being put on leave

36-year-old woman says she didn’t want to “sit around doing nothing” after being put on leave

This comes after 8,000 Virgin workers were put on leave last month, which will see staff paid 80% of their salary for three months.

Sara, a cabin crew member from Brighton, said, “As soon as I found out that I was on leave, I didn’t want to sit around and do nothing.

What does it mean to be on leave?

If you are put on leave by your employer, this means that you are sent home, but that you will still receive 80% of your salary from the government, up to a maximum of £ 2,500 per month.

However, you must first agree to be put on leave by your employer, who can then request the government money. You cannot request it yourself.

Your employer may choose to pay the remaining 20 percent of your salary, but is not obligated to do so.

If you earn more than £ 2,500 a month, your employer can choose to “top up” your wages, but again they don’t have to.

You will continue to pay income tax and national insurance contributions during your leave.

Benefits such as health insurance, private medical care, gym membership, etc. should continue as usual, unless otherwise agreed.

This government job retention program only applies to employees, it does not apply if you are self-employed. There is an alternative system for those who work for themselves.

It is possible to refuse to be put on leave, but this could expose you to dismissal and / or termination of your employment.

“I applied to join the Asda team so that I could make a difference in the community.”

She added: “Whether I fly to the United States, the Caribbean, the Far East or South Africa, I have always enjoyed working with people and staying active.

“So this role is perfect for me while we wait for life to return to normal.”

“I am very grateful to have gotten a new job and I am delighted to play my part in feeding the nation. “

Steve Cracknell, Managing Director of Asda Lancing, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sara to the Asda team.

“She did a first class job and made a quick transition from airplane carts to Asda carts.”

Sara – who attended the UKBFF Bikini Masters last year – posted a photo of her in her new uniform on Instagram.

She said: ‘GREEN OR RED ??

“I know what I prefer … having a blast tho (sic) with the Asda crew!”

“Thank you for hosting me temporarily. “

On March 23, she shared a photo of her last flight before the COVID-19 was locked.

She said, “The last flight of the B747 … I hope it can fly on the old bird again someday.

“Social distancing is almost impossible when you are in such a confined space and working with each other, which is why it does not apply here.

“Now to bring our people home … quick stop in Jamaica to pick up more Britons … then home.

“Hopefully my great business goes to the other side after all this. “

She also said that she was applying for foreclosure jobs, adding, “YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU.

Haider says she hopes to return to Virgin Atlantic if airline survives pandemic

Haider says she hopes to return to Virgin Atlantic if airline survives pandemic

Virgin boss Richard Branson criticized for asking for government bailout of £ 500m

Virgin boss Richard Branson criticized for asking for government bailout of £ 500m

Branson says he will do everything he can to save an airline but

Branson says he will do everything he can to save an airline but “will need government support”

“If being on the front line means stacking shelves or driving delivery trucks … I’m there.

“I spent most of the morning applying for such jobs.

“If I cannot continue my two careers at the moment, I want to help my riding where it is needed.

Tailor, 32, who makes costumes for sports stars including Steven Gerrard, Deontay Wilder and Mo Salah, is forced to take £ 10 an hour from Morrisons after being put on leave

A star tailor like Steven Gerrard and Deontay Wilder was forced to take on £ 10 an hour packaging work at Morrisons after being put on leave.

Rich Gregson is used to making costumes that can cost up to £ 10,000.

His other clients include former English manager Sam Allardyce and Premier League stars Mo Salah and Wilfried Zaha.

He is also used to mixing in celebrity circles with tastes of Coleen Rooney.

But the humble 32-year-old swapped his Los Angeles office for the Liverpool supermarket.

But he said he enjoyed his new picking and packing concert because he was less stressed.

The co-founder of Tattan & Gregson – who also has an office in Merseyside – said the company had been affected because it could not source from Italy.

Rich and co-founder Rob Tattan put their staff on leave, closed the business, and the next day Rich managed to get a job at Morrisons through Redwigwam, a flexible work company.

Rich from Liverpool said: “As soon as this happened, I announced on our social media to our customers that we were going to close on Friday and Saturday, I was working at Morrisons.

“I’m not the type to lie and do nothing about my situation, I went out. “

Sara was praised for her temporary career change.

A friend – called Lisa – said, “Good for you girl.”

Another added, “How can you make an ASDA uniform warm however.” “

Anais Pontet said: “Always watch hot smoking in a fleece .. how are you doing! “

As Haider and his colleagues try to make ends meet, Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson has been criticized for asking for a government bailout of £ 500 million.

Branson, which owns 51% of the airline and has pledged to inject £ 250 million into the business, made the request despite worth £ 4.2 billion.

In a blog post written to airline staff on Tuesday, the 69-year-old said, “We will do everything we can to keep the airline running – but we will need government support to make it happen.”

In March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the airlines that the government would only intervene as a “last resort” and urged them to find other sources of funding.

Branson hired investment bank Houlihan Lokey to help find additional private investment as incomes continue to drop due to travel bans.

A report published in the Daily Telegraph on Sunday also said that Branson was also looking for a buyer for the struggling airline.

Virgin Australia has already joined the administration after failing to obtain a loan from the Australian government and Branson is concerned that the same thing could happen in the UK.

In March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the airlines that the government would only intervene as a “last resort” and urged them to find other sources of funding.

Branson hired investment bank Houlihan Lokey to help find additional private investment as incomes continue to drop due to travel bans.

A report published in the Daily Telegraph on Sunday also said that Branson was also looking for a buyer for the struggling airline.

Virgin Australia has already joined the administration after failing to obtain a loan from the Australian government and Branson is concerned that the same thing could happen in the UK.

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