Aug 7, 2020

Anger rises as British Airways cuts start to bite

Thousands of long-serving cabin crew at British Airways are expected to find out on Friday whether or not they will be made redundant. Although she lives in the north east, she was among hundreds of staff who travelled to BA's headquarters near Heathrow earlier this week, to vent their anger at the company's management. Relations between the company and unions representing other staff - Unite and GMB - have been considerably more strained. Staff elsewhere in British Airways are also affected by the changes, with the threat of compulsory redundancy hanging over them and the prospect of steep pay cuts ahead. John - again, not his real name - is an engineer who helps maintain BA's long-haul aircraft at Heathrow. Last week the general secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey described the company's strategy as "Despicable", and said the union was working towards industrial action with immediate effect.

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