Unite plans cacerolada to protest against British Airways

Campaigners brandishing pots and pans will this afternoon hold a noisy demonstration – a cacerolada –outside the Spanish Embassy in protest against state aid for IAG’s acquisition of Air Europa.

IAG’s subsidiary British Airways has sent out fire & rehire notices to over 30,000 of its own staff who now face an unprecedented attack on their jobs, terms and conditions.

This week the Spanish government is discussing a plan to give hundreds of millions of Spanish citizens’ euros to IAG whose big stakes are owned by a company controlled by the Qatari royal family and by giant US investment Funds.

Unite has already presented evidence to the European Commission showing how this acquisition would be bad for competition. The union is now preparing to lodge an official complaint with the European Commission if the Spanish Government uses state aid to fund IAG’s purchase of Air Europa.

Unite executive officer Sharon Graham has written to Vice Presidente, Pablo Iglesias and other members of the Spanish Government to urge them not to hand taxpayers’ money to IAG.

Sharon Graham said: “It would be unacceptable for IAG to receive state aid to essentially buy an airline at a knock down price, in order to expand its operations for the benefit of shareholders. Meanwhile, IAG’s subsidiary British Airways has sent out fire & rehire notices to over 30,000 of its own staff who now face an unprecedented attack on their jobs, terms and conditions.

“BA have already been labelled a ‘national disgrace’ for their behaviour. Project ‘fire and rehire’ must have serious consequences. No one is fooled. Already over 170 MP’s from across the political parties have signed up to the pledge to redistribute BA’s lucrative landing slots. More will be signing. We will not rest and will do all in our power to push this company back”.

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