Jun 13, 2020

British Airways' treatment of staff 'a disgrace', say MPs

British Airways' treatment of staff during the coronavirus crisis "Is a national disgrace", MPs have claimed. The MPs said the airline's actions fell "Well below the standards we would expect from any employer". The MPs also noted that at the end of 2019, the airline recorded profits after tax of £1.1bn and had cash reserves of £2.6bn. The committee's report said: "The behaviour of British Airways and its parent company towards its employees is a national disgrace. It falls well below the standards we would expect from any employer, especially in [the] light of the scale of taxpayer subsidy, at this time of national crisis." There have been calls from MPs and unions for BA to be stripped of some of its lucrative take-off and landing slots at Heathrow Airport as punishment for the treatment of its staff. "We will do everything in our power to ensure that British Airways can survive and sustain the maximum number of jobs consistent with the new reality of a changed airline industry in a severely weakened global economy."

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