British Airways will make up to 12,000 workers redundant

British Airways will make up to 12,000 workers redundant as owners IAG say it will take airline years to recover from coronavirus crisis

  • Madrid-based IAG says portion of BA’s 45,000 staff now face redundancy
  • News of redundancies comes weeks after owners aced £300mn payout scheme 
  • British Airways previously axed all flights in and out of Gatwick and London City 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Thousands of British Airways workers look set to lose their jobs as its owners IAG announce redundancies on Tuesday afternoon.

Airline companies have been struggling to run as the coronavirus lockdown grounds planes around the world. BA had already started struggling after it furloughed more than half of its 45,000 workers.

In a statement, IAG said: “In light of the impact of Covid-19 on current operations and the expectation that the recovery of passenger demand to 2019 levels will take several years, British Airways is formally notifying its trade unions about a proposed restructuring and redundancy programme.

British Airways’ owners will make up to 12,000 staff redundant as airline company’s struggle to cope with a drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic

“The proposals remain subject to consultation but it is likely that they will affect most of British Airways’ employees and may result in the redundancy of up to 12,000 of them.

“As previously announced, British Airways has availed itself of the UK’s Covid-19 job retention scheme and furloughed 22,626 employees in April.”

News that thousands of people will lose their jobs comes weeks after the airline company’s Spanish owners axed a controversial £300million payout to shareholders earlier this month.

British Airways planes have been left parked at Bournemouth Airport after the airline suffered a massive fall in demand due to the coronavirus crisis and now plans to furlough 36,000 staff has emerged

Madrid-based International Airlines Group proposed a dividend of around 17p per share in February, when the ravages of the killer virus on society and the global economy were already apparent.

But chief financial officer Stephen Gunning said the cash would instead be used to keep the company going through the virus crisis.

One former manager in BA’s finance team told MailOnline today: ‘Don’t blame the virus. This company has been mismanaged for years. IAG have simply sucked the life out of it’.   

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