British Airways plans to cut 4,000 jobs. On Friday the employees will come to know who is staying and who’s job will be slashed by the airline. Due to a drop in demand for air travel and restriction the airline had to take this action.
According to the trade union Unite the airline is doing this due to “naked company greed”. British Airways employees who keep their jobs face pay cuts.
“This is a very bleak day for the incredible BA workforce. And will go down in the history of the airline. As the day that it put the interests of the boardroom ahead of its passengers and workforce,’’ Unite Assistant Secretary-General Howard Beckett said. “These workers have given years of dedicated service to this company. Some as many as 40 years, and indeed to our country. As many were involved in the repatriation of British citizens at the outset of this pandemic.”
“Today they will be dismissed by email by an employer whose spiteful mistreatment of them is nothing other than despicable,” he said.
In addition, he said, “This company has displayed scant regard for either employment law or basic common decency. We cannot trust them to do the right thing by this workforce. So we will be doing everything in our power to prevent this continued industrial thuggery.”
“Make no mistake, 4,000 loyal workers are being forced out of the jobs that they love today by naked, company greed.”
Unions argue that the airline negotiated a deal with the pilots. And this deal was helpful in avoiding a massive job loss. Whereas engineers, cabin crew members, and airport workers were not given the same offer.
British Airways said Unite and another union, GMB, failed to attend consultation meetings during the past three months.
“Our half-year results, published last week, clearly show the enormous financial impact of Covid-19 on our business,’’ British Airways said in a statement, “We are having to make difficult decisions. And take every possible action now to protect as many jobs as possible.’’
Effect of the Pandemic
Due to low demand caused by the pandemic British Airways is operating less than 20% of its normal schedule.
However, the airline does not expect demand for air travel to return to 2019 levels until at least 2023.
IAG announced last week that it made a pre-tax loss of €4.2 billion euros (£3.8 billion) in the first six months of the year.
British Airways said in a statement, “Our half-year results, published last week, clearly show the enormous financial impact of Covid-19 on our business.
“We are having to make difficult decisions and take every possible action now to protect as many jobs as possible.
“And, while we never could have anticipated being in a position of making redundancies, more than 6,000 of our colleagues have now indicated that they wish to take voluntary redundancy from BA.”