Speaking following confirmation by British Airways that it plans to cut considerable numbers of jobs across its three South Wales sites at Llantrisant, Blackwood and Cardiff Airport, Richard Munn Regional Officer for Unite commented: 

“This announcement by BA will have a devastating impact on our members and their families.  It will also cause enormous hurt to the economy of South East Wales and communities that still bear scars from the deindustrialisation of the 1980s and 1990s.  The proposals around job losses are combined with the company’s clear statement of intent to worsen terms and conditions and employment policies. It appears that those who remain in work will be substantially worse off as BA start a massive onslaught on their loyal and skilled workforce.

Many of those at risk of redundancy are currently furloughed under the Government’s Job Retention Scheme; a scheme clearly designed to “retain” jobs.  It also means that meaningful consultation is impossible. Unite therefore regard the consultation as unlawful and are demanding that BA rescind the notices of redundancy and enter in to meaningful talks with Unite. Unite will be doing all it can to support its members in BA at this present time”.

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Notes to editors

 

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.