Britain’s largest union Unite has expressed bitter disappointment over plans by British Airways (BA) to cut 400 senior cabin crew positions, as the union vowed to fight any compulsory redundancies.
The airline has started a 90-day consultation period with the first of the cuts on both long and short haul routes expected to take effect next March.
The cuts affect senior cabin crew working exclusively on either BA’s short or long-haul routes. It does not include those who work across both.
Unite national officer, Oliver Richardson, said: “This is a bitter disappointment at a time of economic uncertainty and will be a blow for loyal staff who now face an uncertain Christmas and new year.
“We will be working to ensure that BA keeps its promise of ‘no compulsory’ redundancies. Any attempts to force people wanting to continue working for BA out of a job will be resisted.”
For more information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Alex Flynn, Unite head of media and campaigns, on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665 869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The union’s general secretary is Len McCluskey.