BA boss: Firing and rehiring workers ‘off the desk’

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British Airways’ plan to eliminate cabin crew after which rehire them on inferior phrases is now “off the table”, boss Alex Cruz has mentioned.

Unions and MPs had accused the airline of following a “fire and rehire” coverage, which noticed some workers going through pay cuts of as much as 50%.

Speaking to MPs on the Transport Select Committee, Mr Cruz mentioned “there will be no need to issue new contracts”.

BA reached the define of a jobs settlement with union Unite final week.

The pair have been in a bitter dispute over BA’s plans to shed as much as 13,000 jobs and lower pay, amid a collapse in demand for air travel.

Mr Cruz mentioned it was a matter of “regret” that it took 73 days for BA’s non-pilot unions to take a seat down and negotiate.

But Labour MP Sam Tarry responded: “I would argue that if you hadn’t put a metaphorical gun to their head then that might not have happened.”

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Mr Cruz mentioned the airline would now comply with the “standard methodology” of union agreements and make amendments to present the contracts.

Details are nonetheless being labored out and ballots of some workers are but to be held.

Long-serving cabin crew members face a 15% pay discount, whereas hoping to retain most of the allowances which represent a major a part of their general pay.

“We have reached agreements in a majority of areas”, Mr Cruz mentioned.

“We very much hope that the result of the ballots will be to accept those ballots.”

‘Devastated enterprise’

In relation as to if or not BA must make 13,000 workers redundant, Mr Cruz mentioned that the corporate did not “need to get to that number”.

However, a lot of long-serving cabin crew have taken voluntary redundancy and plenty of workers felt that the phrases being provided on the time meant that was their solely alternative.

Mr Cruz informed MPs that the pandemic had “devastated our business… and we’re still fighting for our own survival”.

Last week the airline flew about 187,000 passengers – about 25%-30% of its regular flight schedule.

“Everyone is facing decisions we never wanted to face,” Mr Cruz mentioned.

He mentioned he had taken a 33% pay lower throughout the pandemic, lowering his wage from the £805,000 he earned in 2019.

But he refused to touch upon an £833,000 bonus paid to the outgoing boss of BA’s mum or dad firm, Willie Walsh.

IAG confronted a backlash from shareholders over that fee to Mr Walsh who left the corporate final week.