Job losses at BA?

I have had a  number of emails about the worrying situation at BA

 I was shocked to read the statement from IAG on the publication of their first quarter results. I note they managed to lose a large sum on fuel and currency hedges as at that date, which presumably is a one off. I see that  whilst they plan to cut the workforce at BA, they announce no such plans for Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling or LEVEL, their other airlines. This Spanish registered company singles out BA for bad treatment, at a time when the whole aviation industry has suffered a large loss of passengers owing to the closures.

The Group tells us it has Euro 6.95 billion in cash and cash equivalents, as well as access to substantial extra borrowings if needed. It is making liberal use of the UK government furlough scheme, with UK taxpayers paying most of the wages of 22,626 UK staff. Given this, I would expect a more sympathetic  approach to all UK staff .    I will pursue these matters with the top management of IAG.

They have benefitted over many years from the success of BA and from the profitable business they enjoyed  out of UK airports. They should wish to be good UK corporate citizens, and as takers of UK government subsidy they should acknowledge their debt to UK BA employees and UK taxpayers who are helping pay for their business continuation. It is too early to know what the recovery prospects are for aviation. The presence of the furlough scheme provides a good means to keep the business ready to fly again when things change for the better. 

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2 Comments

  1. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted May 4, 2020 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    They should wish to be good corporate citizens.

    Since when has a foreign owned subsidiary ever cared about the host?

    Selling our assets and offshoring our production really is being shown to be clever in the short term isn’t it?

  2. lojolondon
    Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I can explain. When I worked at a large German manufacturer, the decision was made to implement a round of redundancies. UK had 1000 employees, we faced 20% redundancy across all levels. There were 10,000 employees in Munich, not one job was lost. Because of the brutal German employee laws and the resultant cost of making those people redundant. Simple economics.

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