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British Airways

British Airways

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
51.10 - Passenger air transport
Number Employed: 42000
Group: International Aviation Group (IAG)

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 29-04-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 12000
Planned Job Reductions max: 12000
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-07-2020

Additional Information

International Aviation Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways (BA), has announced plans to cut 12,000 jobs and initiated redundancy consultations with trade unions. The proposed cuts would reduce BA’s workforce by 30 per cent and affect pilots, cabin crew and engineering staff.

BA’s chief executive has claimed that it will take years before demand for passenger travel recovers from the effects of the coronavirus crisis and said that the company must take action now. The management also announced that the restructuring would include the renegotiation of terms and conditions of employment for the remaining staff.

The trade unions GMB and Unite have decided not to engage in the negotiations, and Unite argues that the proposed consultation is unlawful. Balpa, the pilot’s union is negotiating with the management - its general secretary said that they reject the changes proposed by the company.

IAG also owns the Spanish airline Iberia and Ireland's Aer Lingus.