Unite steps up campaign over British Airways plans to fire all workers

Unite has stepped up its campaign against British Airways’ plans to fire its entire workforce and rehire some of them on inferior contracts.

The union has been lighting up iconic landmarks across the UK, including Marble Arch, the Houses of Parliament, Harrods, The Angel of the North and the Scottish Parliament, and alerting companies including HCL in Surrey, Barclays in Glasgow, Vodafone in Newbury, Microsoft, in Reading, GSK in Ulverston and Publicis in London about BA’s “betrayal” of BA staff and the British public.

More than 210,500 people have already signed a petition against the cuts.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “There is growing public opinion against BA’s grotesque behaviour. BA is using this health crisis as cover to impose a long-term plan to slash jobs, pay and conditions. No other employer has threatened to effectively ‘fire and rehire’ its entire workforce.

“Over 40,000 loyal BA staff now face the prospect of losing either their livelihoods or potentially being re-interviewed for their own jobs on vastly reduced terms and conditions.

“The public have responded with anger when they learn about British Airways’ plans. They expect an iconic company like BA to be working in the interests of the nation, not attacking its own loyal workforce during the worst health crisis in a century.

“Unite will continue to alert the public, BA’s shareholders and its customers about BA’s disgraceful behaviour. Our union will not stop fighting for BA workers until BA ends its scandalous actions.”

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