BALPA condemns “knee-jerk” easyJet job losses

BALPA has criticised easyJet after the firm announced plans to cut up to 30% of its workforce as a result of coronavirus.

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: “easyJet staff will be shocked at the scale of this announcement and only 2 days ago staff got a ‘good news’ message from their boss with no mention of job losses, so this is a real kick in the teeth. Those staff have taken pay cuts to keep the airline afloat and this is the treatment they get in return.

 “easyJet has not discussed its plans with BALPA so we will wait and see what impact there will be in the UK. But given easyJet is a British company, the UK is its strongest market and it has had hundreds of millions in support from the UK taxpayer, I can safely say that we will need a lot of convincing that easyJet needs to make such dramatic cuts.

“Indeed, easyJet’s own projections, though on the pessimistic side, point to recovery by 2023, so this is a temporary problem that doesn’t need this ill-considered knee-jerk reaction.”

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