LONDON: Thousands of British Airways staff will be sent letters telling them they have lost their jobs on Friday (Aug 7), as the airline pushes ahead with a plan to cut employee numbers by 29 per cent in the face of bitter opposition from unions.
British Airways, owned by IAG, said in April it would need to axe up to 12,000 of its 42,000 staff to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and remain competitive.
But the plan has met fierce resistance from cabin crew union Unite which said on Friday it would also keep fighting against pay cuts for existing staff.
BA said that 6,000 employees had decided to take voluntary redundancy, while thousands of others would receive a letter in the coming days to tell them their fate.
Following a selection process, staff will hear whether they still have a job or not, and if they do, whether they will be required to accept a new contract or stay on their old one.
Unite has accused BA of "industrial thuggery" and it is trying to win support from lawmakers to strip BA of airport slots.
BA is currently only flying about 20 per cent of its normal schedule and burning through 20 million pounds per day.
"We are having to make difficult decisions and take every possible action now to protect as many jobs as possible," a spokesman for BA said.
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