02 April 2020, Thursday 11:27:45

BA ‘to suspend 36,000 members of staff’ amid covid-19 crisis

British Airways is reportedly set to suspend 36,000 members of staff as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down the travel industry.

British Airways is reportedly set to suspend 36,000 members of staff as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down the travel industry.

The airline has been in consultation with union Unite for more than a week over plans to furlough employees, the BBC reports. It comes just days after the carrier suspended operations at Gatwick, while London City Airport has closed commercial and private flights. If the plans go ahead, it means 80% of BA staff, including cabin crew, engineers and head office personnel, would have their jobs temporarily suspended.

However, it is not thought that employees will be made redundant. BA and Unite are alleged to have reached ‘a broad deal’ on the jobs suspensions but are still yet to finalise all details, the BBC said. The jobs suspension will affect all BA’s staff based at Gatwick airport and London City Airport.

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. The International Air Transport Association has said it expects airlines to suffer losses of around £40 billion as a result of the pandemic.

Carriers across the globe are struggling to survive on their reserve funds due to the enormous cost of refunding tickets for cancelled flights. The rapidly changing coronavirus restrictions in each country have made it difficult for airlines to keep up. BA’s parent company, IAG, is believed to have been in a stronger financial position than some competitors. The expected suspension of workers now demonstrates how hard the aviation industry has been hit.

EasyJet has already announced they are grounding their entire fleet of 300 aircraft in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. With no date in sight for when it could start running commercial flights again, the carrier reached a deal for employees to be furloughed for two months under the Government’s coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

EasyJet said the measure ‘removes significant cost’ as the aviation industry struggles to cope with the drastic decrease in flight sales triggered by varying travel restrictions put in place across the world. Cabin crew have since been invited to join doctors and nurses at the new Nightingale hospital, set up to treat coronavirus patients as the number of cases in the UK continues to rise.


 

 

BA ‘to suspend 36,000 members of staff’ amid covid-19 crisis

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