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The Unite union that represents British Airways says that the airline plans to layoff vast majority of its workforce and rehire them on reduced pay and worse terms.
Last month British Airways held meetings with union to cut 12,000 jobs before the 15 June 2020.
Union says that British Airways is taking the COVID-19 crisis as a cover to layoff vast majority of workers and rehire them as new staff.
According to Guardian news, Unite union’s general secretary, Len McCluskey said, “We cannot tolerate BA using this crisis as cover to impose a long-term plan to slash jobs, pay and conditions. No other employer has threatened to effectively fire and rehire its entire workforce. Over 40,000 loyal BA staff now face the prospect of losing either their livelihoods or potentially being re-interviewed for their own jobs on vastly reduced terms and conditions…”
A BA spokeswoman said: “We are acting now to protect as many jobs possible. The airline industry is facing the deepest structural change in its history, as well as facing a severely weakened global economy. We are committed to consulting openly with our unions and our people as we prepare for a new future.”