Sat May 23, 2020 1:26 pm #1771656
Chris-tt wrote:SteveC wrote:I care deeply for the welfare of my staff and the survival of the company that I have worked for for the last 14 years. The financial imperative is indeed now at the forefront of my decision making because the staff can longer afford to sit at home and the company can’t survive if we don’t start again.
As longfinal states we still have fixed costs that have to be paid and they are not sustainable without income. So what do we do, just sit and wait until you think it’s OK for us to go back to work? Or do we adapt and start back the best we can? The former will leave hundreds of people unemployed.......
Things need to start moving again. I'm in a similar position to you, approximately 100 jobs on the line and even with everyone furloughed it's still costing far more than I can possibly afford to keep paying the bills like this indefinitely. The business interruption insurance I pay for that covers pandemics was supposed to worth £1.5m, and I discovered that they'd turned the claim down based on "Force majeure". I will be taking legal action.
The reality is we might never find an effective vaccine. If we don't are we just supposed to shut the country down permanently?
We have to remember that several clinical vaccine trials for the HIV (virus) started in 1987, and we still don't have an effective vaccine for that. SARS clinical trials began in 2003-2004, and there is no vaccine for that either. This is another strain of SARS. A lot of effort is going into a vaccine, as the world is focusing on it. However, there's no guarantee one will be found.
We need to be pragmatic about this and look at workable solutions to reopen. Hopefully, with track and trace, social distancing will become less of a requirement, and this will allow anyone who wants to get airborne again.
Luckily I was able to fly in the last week, and it was the first taste of normality I've had since March.
I have been lucky enough to continue flying in a key role as I got another part time job which thankfully will help me get everyone current again and ready to teach.
I quite agree on the vaccines front. I think people are deluded if they think they can just sit indoors and wait until a jab comes along then come out! We have to adapt now to the havoc this has caused and move forward before the damage becomes completely irreversible. It has for a lot of companies with big names dropping like fly's and there is more to come. The other problem we now have is people have been terrified into staying at home and millions of them paid to do so. They have not felt the full financial impact of this and are still repeating the mantra without really understanding whats coming......
Imagine what the NHS could have done with all that money thrown straight at it........
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