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IAG: BA restructuring may cost 12,000 jobs

Old 1st May 2020, 16:47
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Originally Posted by NoelEvans View Post
In the future if I was going to chose which airline ticket to buy, I would far rather pay to fly on an airline where the pilots had done everything to keep the airline in business and as many pilot employed as possible. Auf Wiedersehen.
To be honest, I'd rather fly an airline which itself tried to keep as many staff employed. And if people had to be layed off, than under the best provisions possible.
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Old 1st May 2020, 16:50
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Originally Posted by The Foss View Post
Is that even legal? Making people redundant then rehiring them to do the same job with a completely different contract?
Yes it is legal. It's known informally within HR Departments as the "nuclear option" because whilst an organisation can do this, it does leave the organisation open to unfair dismissal claims.
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Old 1st May 2020, 17:20
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Originally Posted by MungoP View Post
Employees often fail to grasp that the CEO has a list of priorities; The first is that 'The company must still be in business when the sun rises tomorrow.'.
The second is the stock-price
Third; The stock-holders.
Employees don't even come within the top 20.
So what are the other 17+ priorities that come before employees ?
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Old 1st May 2020, 17:23
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Originally Posted by the_stranger View Post
To be honest, I'd rather fly an airline which itself tried to keep as many staff employed. And if people had to be layed off, than under the best provisions possible.
A noble thought but the reality is that most airline tickets are sold on the basis of price. The airline that can sell the cheapest tickets will keep the largest number of people employed. I’ll leave you to work out the likely terms and conditions of the employees.
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Old 1st May 2020, 17:32
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https://www.cityam.com/iag-secures-s...pYHVMDxb1NTKp0
As usual the UK is not a level playing field !
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Old 1st May 2020, 17:42
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It does appear this thread has been taken over by BA management and their friends.
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Old 1st May 2020, 18:22
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Relax ... they have their top men working on it ...

Exclusive: Britain hires Morgan Stanley to advise on aviation rescue plan - sources
https://reut.rs/3fcONI7


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Old 1st May 2020, 18:47
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Willie Walsh not attending

"Dear Allison, Thank you for your message. I am incredibly sorry that, at this time of great uncertainty for the nation, British Airways, and their parent, IAG, have made a decision to put thousands of employees through a consultation with a view to 12,000 redundancies across its workforce. From a local perspective, and not always appreciated by all constituents, I have been a vocal supporter of Gatwick and of BA at Gatwick. The constituency I represent has relatively low wages compared to the regional norm. Those who work at Gatwick are able to boost our local economy. This is even more important at this current time. Talk of BA withdrawing from Gatwick would be devastating for our local economy and our ability to connect with the globe. From a national perspective, I chair the Transport Select Committee. Next Wednesday morning, we are holding our first session on our Inquiry around Aviation and the impact from Coronavirus. Details are below: https://www.parliament.uk/business/c...ansport-19-21/ We did invite Willie Walsh, of IAG, to attend as a witness but he is tied up with a board meeting. This is unfortunate because Willie is not backwards in coming forwards. Instead, Airlines UK, the umbrella organisation for UK airlines, which includes BA, will give evidence alongside the Chief Executive of Heathrow and others. In the next session, on 20 May, we will hear from the unions and the Aviation Minister. We will be asking about the planned redundancies. Of key concern to me is whether BA are using this epidemic environment to restructure. I appreciate that there is huge uncertainty, and a view that the market may not return to pre-Covid times until 2023 (if it does). BA, and it’s parent, have to prepare for this. The furloughing scheme will not last indefinitely but BA have been fast out of the blocks if this is just a reaction to the Covid 19 epidemic. My concern on this front is not helped by the news, which has just now broken, that IAG has just taken out a €1 billion Spanish state-backed loan. Previously, Willie Walsh lambasted other airlines for looking for state aid. With £7billion of reserves, IAG stated that it would address internally with ‘self-help’ before it resorted to Government aid. It is important that this ‘self-help’ is not job losses in the UK, as opposed to the position in Spain where fewer job losses are expected and the company has sought Government finance. I hasten to add that it is my understanding that IAG/BA have not come to the UK Government or Bank of England to ask for aid before making the announcement on redundancies. There are many questions which require answers from BA. As a result, I have sought permission from my committee members to ensure that BA do appear before the Transport Select Committee. If Willie Walsh is tied up then he should run an organisation where he can delegate someone to speak on his behalf. This is all moving at pace but I hope it demonstrates that I will use my local and national voice to hold British Airways to account. I have also reached out to other MPs to ramp up the pressure. You will be able to watch our virtual Select Committee proceedings, either on Parliament TV or BBC Parliament (which tends to catch up). With best wishes,"

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Old 1st May 2020, 18:52
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So what are the other 17+ priorities that come before employees ?

They'll be down there somewhere below the CEO's cat.
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Old 1st May 2020, 18:52
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Nice to see the chair of the Transport Select Committee has done his homework on “British Airlines”.
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Old 1st May 2020, 19:02
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Originally Posted by Cliff Secord View Post
Just a point. Psychopaths making auto effective leaders is old codswallop. There do happen to be psychopaths in leadership positions but that is through their self desire. It doesn’t infer in reverse their effectiveness

Interpersonal: They’re manipulative, deceitful, and/or narcissistic.
Affective: They lack remorse, are callous, and may take pleasure in hurting others.
Lifestyle: They’re impulsive, may use illegal substances, and may have disregard for the consequences of their actions.
Antisocial: They are physically aggressive and may have a history of or tendency toward criminal behavior.

sorry massive thread drift...
Try reading Dr. Kevin Dutton's book on the subject and you will realise your quotes are sweeping generalisations which, while true of some people, is far from the norm.
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Old 1st May 2020, 19:06
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Originally Posted by nowhereasfiled View Post
Nice to see the chair of the Transport Select Committee has done his homework on “British Airlines”.
At least they aren’t the CEO of “British Airlines”
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Old 1st May 2020, 19:13
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The simple way to punish these carriers that are driving through opportunistic cost cutting is to deny them slots at premium airports and rewarding those who are socially responsible.(if that is possible).
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Old 1st May 2020, 19:38
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I’m so happy this is getting some serious attention at the highest levels. Depending how the media play this (and we’ve seen their power, it’s how we got here) I think (hope) it’s not too optimistic to think the fallout from this could be another Ratners but on a much larger scale. Walsh must be getting old, he’s potentially played his hand very poorly here.

Potentially trying to push through a new detrimental and oppressive sickness and absence monitoring policy and putting Cabin Crew on zero hours contracts during a time of a worldwide medical pandemic certainly wont play well.
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Old 1st May 2020, 20:27
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"Call a strike, ground the fleet,"

And where is it currently ?
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Old 1st May 2020, 20:29
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IMHO it will be a battle of if the unions or the company has the slicker PR machine. Media outlets thrive on controversy and speculation and there is plenty of fuel to add to that fire if it's suggested that BA is exploiting a global health pandemic to slay staff numbers and drive though over zealous detrimental changes to terms and conditions. Changes that are far from proportional to the crisis at hand.

No company likes copious amounts of bad press and especially so in demanding times at these. Jo Public is none the wiser and just thinks that BA is making 12,000 staff redundant, to ensure survival. Now is the time to enlighten your loyal customers and the wider public of the reality at hand and ensure that the media hold your management to account.
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Old 1st May 2020, 20:38
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"wow, if a company making close to 2 billion euros profits has a bottom drawer full of problems, it makes you wonder how on Earth they made that much money ?"

How much were you making when they made that ?
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Old 1st May 2020, 21:04
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Originally Posted by Mister Geezer View Post
IMHO it will be a battle of if the unions or the company has the slicker PR machine. Media outlets thrive on controversy and speculation and there is plenty of fuel to add to that fire if it's suggested that BA is exploiting a global health pandemic to slay staff numbers and drive though over zealous detrimental changes to terms and conditions. Changes that are far from proportional to the crisis at hand.

No company likes copious amounts of bad press and especially so in demanding times at these. Jo Public is none the wiser and just thinks that BA is making 12,000 staff redundant, to ensure survival. Now is the time to enlighten your loyal customers and the wider public of the reality at hand and ensure that the media hold your management to account.
The trouble is that the wider public will be indifferent. Why do I say this? Because the focus will remain on the virus, the NHS, the death toll, the R number, the NHS, the changes to lockdown restrictions, the second wave, the vaccine, key workers, the NHS, the NHS, the NHS, etc., and everyone’s OWN job. The whole economy is in crisis, not just aviation, and bankruptcies and mass job losses will cut through swathes of businesses up and down the country. The travel sector will be just one part of the whole slump.

Flying has become a commodity product. For most travellers cheapest fare wins. By trying to take on ‘budget’ airlines, BA has shot itself in the foot by lowering service standards to their level, so that there is no point of differentiation other than price, certainly on short haul. Business travellers will stay away post-lockdown as corporate health and safety do risk assessment on business travel and advise against travel.

So, what BA does will be just another story of job loses...
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Old 1st May 2020, 21:16
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The elephant in the room is that BA has become irrelevant in our corona hit world. However, their management scream redundancies to force the uk governments hand.
Pilots love BA, its supportive culture, but alas it no longer respects them. As stated in an earlier post.
The employees have become bitter , and the vitriolic rantings earlier on her demonstrate this.
Don’t shoot the messenger.
Please don’t bail out BA. They can pay their own way. You want my tax dollars? No way, BA.
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Old 1st May 2020, 21:19
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Please don’t bail out BA. They can pay their own way. You want my tax dollars? No way, BA.
Too late, BA have been taking your dollar for weeks now. Furlough payments designed to stop redundancies.
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