1,700 jobs go as British Airways continues to crumble away
British Airways may fly all over the word, but they’re currently heading towards hell in a handcart. In the past three months, the ailing airline has asked staff to work for free for a month, stopped serving meals on short-haul flights, grounded 22 planes this coming winter, announced they’re considering charging economy passengers on short-haul flights for food, raised fees for excess baggage and changed charges for sports equipment, and introduced advertising on their boarding passes. But they’re not done yet.
The latest Willie Walsh wheeze is to announce the loss of 1,700 cabin crew jobs without any consultation with Unite, the union who represent the sky-dwelling staff. As a result, industrial action seems inevitable, with the Christmas period likely to face disruption.
BA were aiming to cut 2,000 cabin crew jobs, but have said that 1,000 staff have volunteered to take redundancy while another 3,000 wanted to switch to part-time (whatever that means when you’ve already worked free for a month) – which when added up is the equivalent of 1,700 full-time jobs.
So if you’re planning to visit loved ones elsewhere in the world this Christmas, you might want to think twice before booking with BA. Unless you fancy pulling your crackers in a crowded airport terminal with a bunch of irate, sweat-stinking go-nowheres.