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British Airways jobs policy 'national disgrace' say politicians

Christian Fernsby |
The UK's Transport Select Committee of MP's has called the national airline, British Airways a national disgrace over its new jobs policy.

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The politicians said the carrier and it's parent company IAG, were trying to take advantage of the current coronavirus crisis to dramatically downgrade employees terms, conditions and wages, whilst also shedding at least 12,000 jobs.

“It is unacceptable that a company would seek to drive this level of change under the cover of a pandemic,” Huw Merriman, the conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle who chairs the committee said at the weekend.

In a rather scathing report, released on Saturday, the committee found it was inevitable there would be some job losses at British Airways because of the downturn in business caused by the pandemic, but slammed the airline for taking more than £35 million pounds a month from the UK Government in furlough payments, as well as being granted a massive £300 million guaranteed bank loan from the Bank of England, to then axe so many staff and then effectively put the entire workforce of cabin crew and pilots on notice.

They would then need to reapply for their jobs, those accepted will have to agree on lower wages, drops in seniority as well as other negative changes in their terms and conditions.

Merriman, said: "The impact of coronavirus may sadly mean that the loss of some jobs in the aviation sector is justified.

"The behaviour of British Airways and its parent company, IAG, is not."

The report also says."The behaviour of British Airways and its parent company towards its employees is a national disgrace.

"It falls well below the standards we would expect from any employer, especially in light of the scale of taxpayer subsidy, at this time of national crisis.”

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