British Airways ‘to suspend 36,000 members of staff

posted on 2nd April 2020 by Eddie Saunders
British Airways ‘to suspend 36,000 members of staff

British Airways is reportedly set to suspend 36,000 members of staff from cabin crew to ground staff, engineers and head office employees, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

BA has been negotiating with the Unite union for more than a week. The two sides have reached a broad agreement but still need to hammer out some details.

A spokesperson for the Unite union said: “Unite has been working around the clock to protect thousands of jobs and to ensure the UK comes out of this unprecedented crisis with a viable aviation sector.

Talks with British Airways are ongoing and Unite’s priority is always to communicate with our members, who are very anxious at this time but who understand the work that Unite is doing to protect jobs, incomes and futures.”

Affected workers will most likely continue receiving some of their wages through the government’s coronavirus jobs aid package, which covers 80% of workers’ salaries, capped at £2,500 a month.