Over 10,000 British Airways staff to be made redundant

Marco Green
August 10, 2020

Unite claimed that it recognized British Airways intends to reduce a overall of all around 10,700 work opportunities.

Over 6,000 workers accepted voluntary redundancy, but the airline is looking to cut 12,000 jobs in a bid to protect its finances.

Today's job losses are the first wave of these redundancies.

Of the 6,000 that put themselves forward, around 4,500 were Gatwick and Heathrow cabin crew.

Consultations around the remaining 8,000 jobs still at risk are ongoing.

While Unite says the pay cuts are as much as 70%, British Airways says some cabin crew would receive a pay rise, while others would see a 20% reduction in basic pay.

Len McCluskey, head of Unite says it's a "despicable" ploy.

The trade union Unite accused the airline of forcing workers out due to "naked company greed". The Conservative MP, Huw Merriman, chair the transport select committee, compared the move to putting a gun to workers' heads.

Pilots have voted to accept a package including job and pay cuts aimed at avoiding a larger number of redundancies. British Airways, which had 42,000 staff at the beginning of the pandemic, has already agreed a jobs deal with pilots union BALPA for a pay cut of about 20% and some compulsory job cuts estimated around 270.

In a last ditch attempt to get a deal, Unite said its members would accept the same deal but British Airways rejected that saying that both Unite and GMB had failed to attend the consultation meetings over the last three months.

"This is a business that made record profits past year".

It does not expect demand for air travel to return to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023.

A spokesperson for British Airways said: "Our half-year results, published last week, clearly show the enormous financial impact of COVID-19 on our business".

International Consolidated Airlines Group PLC (LON:IAG) is to contact thousands of British Airways employees today to let them know whether they will be kept, let go or offered a lower salary.

BA said that 6,000 employees had chose to take voluntary redundancy, while thousands of others would receive a letter in the coming days to tell them their fate.

"We are obtaining to make hard conclusions and acquire every possible action now to guard as several work opportunities as achievable".

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