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IAG: BA restructuring may cost 12,000 jobs

Old 26th May 2020, 21:22
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We could argue that itís understandable that the relationship between the unions is sour, considering pilots volunteered to break the cabin crew strikes last time. Something I think that was morally wrong, and now I wonder, how those pilots, engineers and ground staff who volunteered feel as the company has shown their true colours. But itís time to put differences aside and work on this together as I fear they will get away with it. It needs to get legal very soon!
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Old 26th May 2020, 21:55
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You misunderstood my post. I’m not condoning any of BAs possible actions Of course nobody thinks their proposals are morally just. Just stating the facts as they are.

One of my relatives is LH FC, and almost certainly to be made redundant under the same BA management regime, I’m on your side.
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Old 26th May 2020, 22:13
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If talking/working with the other unions would benefit BA pilots, the BALPA reps will already be doing it, even if, on a personal level, they would rather not. It wouldn't be my first choice, I must admit.

They may or may not be, I don't know.

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Old 26th May 2020, 22:23
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Originally Posted by M.Mouse View Post
Not to my knowledge they aren't.

As far as I recall, the pay discussions last year were a joint-union effort.
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Old 26th May 2020, 22:48
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Originally Posted by cessnapete View Post
One of my relatives is LH FC, and almost certainly to be made redundant under the same BA management regime, Iím on your side.
if the FC in that post stands for Flight Crew I can assure you that absolutely nobody has the faintest idea at the moment who the unlucky ones will be.
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Old 26th May 2020, 22:58
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We could argue that itís understandable that the relationship between the unions is sour, considering pilots volunteered to break the cabin crew strikes last time.
Just so I'm clear by the "last time" do you really mean the Mixed Fleet Strike of 2017??

I do accept it can be hard to keep track...

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Old 26th May 2020, 22:59
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if the FC in that post stands for Flight Crew I can assure you that absolutely nobody has the faintest idea at the moment who the unlucky ones will be.
True, but it doesnít take a genius to work out if youíre in the bottom (about) 800 on the MSL, youíre right in the firing line; if youíre in the bottom 500 itís worth updating your CV to make it more palatable for Tesco.

TTR (well in the bottom 500 and waiting for my P45).
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Old 26th May 2020, 23:06
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The fact is that Balpa haven’t even yet addressed whether BA will be allowed to get away with splitting the number evenly between Captains and FOs. If BALPA are even remotely interested in protecting jobs it’s certainly not in their interest (nor BAs) to be chopping the bottom 1130 off the MSL as all that is achieving is chopping a load of low paypoint PP34s, the result of which will be that the cost saving does not reach far enough and the number will have to go higher up the list. There will be a deal done somewhere with a nod to LIFO(plus) but that may well be fleet dependent and don’t be surprised to see some people well up the seniority list receive their marching orders.
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Old 26th May 2020, 23:40
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I agree BA probably would be happy with fleet & seat, but they donít really care. What they want is to reduce the budget by X%. BALPA will get the numbers down, but with a surplus north of 1100 thereís only so much magic they can do, and in that situation, CR will creep up from the bottom. If youíre a skipper, youíll probably lose your command; if youíre an FO, youíll probably lose your job. Any retraining from dead fleets will be borne by cuts to pay etc.

You can see it a mile off. Itís just the numbers thatíll change. I hope Iím wrong, if I am ill buy you an expensive downroute hotel beer Rex.
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Old 27th May 2020, 00:10
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post
Just so I'm clear by the "last time" do you really mean the Mixed Fleet Strike of 2017??

I do accept it can be hard to keep track...
Apologies Wiggy, I could have been clearer. I meant the strike 10 years ago that led to the birth of mixed fleet.
The division still there, and sadly the company decided to call for volunteers to break the strike, claiming the cabin crew demands were unreasonable and everyone had to do their bit in their ďfight for survivalĒ.

I donít remember the exact figure but I believe it was on the region of 300 pilots, who did the fast track course and flew as cabin crew, undermining their colleagues. Although the majority of volunteers were ground staff, still left a lot of crew feeling bitter against the pilots.

I remember that time and I wonder if those guys and gals regret their actions now, as it is clear that they had a point and the company have been waiting a long time time to do this, they didnít manage back then.
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Old 27th May 2020, 00:21
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If you’re a skipper, you’ll probably lose your command; if you’re an FO, you’ll probably lose your job.
There’s legal difficulties around making someone redundant (an FO) and then immediately parachuting someone else (a Captain) into their seat. Flybe knew this in 2013. I suspect that’s one of the reasons why BA have split the number between ranks.
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Old 27th May 2020, 01:36
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Originally Posted by Chijmes View Post
Yes, you are right. Sorry. Pilots and engineers are not included in the mass redundancy. Just cabin crew, contact centres, ground staff and head office (although there are probably a few people in there exempt from it)
Be interesting to see what happens around 13 June
ALL staff are under threat of redundancy. ALL. The figures were already publisheed..EG 120 Licenced Engineers (LAEs) are to go. Also, the threat of having our contracts torn up and offered new contracts is universal. BALPA may well be negotiating, good luck to em I say, but the threat to them is the same.
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Old 27th May 2020, 08:09
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Originally Posted by thetimesreader84 View Post
True, but it doesnít take a genius to work out if youíre in the bottom (about) 800 on the MSL, youíre right in the firing line; if youíre in the bottom 500 itís worth updating your CV to make it more palatable for Tesco.

TTR (well in the bottom 500 and waiting for my P45).
Out of curiosity how long with the company would one need to be to be 1100 deep into the MSL? At Jet2 we recruited 220 bods last year not including the TCX guys.
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Old 27th May 2020, 08:19
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Originally Posted by Raph737 View Post
Apologies Wiggy, I could have been clearer. I meant the strike 10 years ago that led to the birth of mixed fleet.
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Ah OK, no worries, I just wondered of I'd missed something so thanks for the clarification.

With regard to "fight for survival", etc, I do indeed recall the company running a very co-ordinated campaign. It was clear that if you happened to bump into a manager the casual "chat" that resulted was well scripted. I think that sort of thing spooked some people and led to unfortunate consequences.

Anyway here we are.....I think the worry is ( and this is not an original thought) that those at the top of company will be so busy taking advantage of this "opportunity" and too tied up in fighting it's staff (again) that they won't notice the first glimmer of any upturn....
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Old 27th May 2020, 08:45
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Old 27th May 2020, 08:50
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Rex: It’s called bumping and is legal. The big difference at Flybe is they had DEC and regional basing. Whatever happens let’s just hope we are presented with options that allow us to avoid any CR. Fingers crossed.

Who knows what BA want but I suspect it is a financial saving of x and flexibility of y. Chopping captains also makes no sense. Why chop them if you can just trash their pay and achieve the saving you want? You can even RHS check them giving ultimate flexibility, and if not that you can transfer them from RHS to LHS in days not a month or more.

The truth is both of us feel vulnerable so voice our own case to make ourselves feel better.

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Old 27th May 2020, 09:09
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Originally Posted by RexBanner View Post
Thereís legal difficulties around making someone redundant (an FO) and then immediately parachuting someone else (a Captain) into their seat. Flybe knew this in 2013. I suspect thatís one of the reasons why BA have split the number between ranks.
BALPA are, according to the recent Zoom meeting, pushing hard for us to be considered as one pilot body (as opposed to 747 pilots, LGW Pilots, etc), and think they have a very good chance of BA agreeing. The implications of that are fairly straightforward, P1s will be demoted on their fleet, surplus fleets will be retrained, the bottom X of the MSL will be cut via a LIFO+ matrix. All absolutely legal, at least as far as my tame HR family member can see. The X variable will depend on whatever concessions and mitigationís they will find, but Iíd be absolutely amazed if itís 0.

Personally I think itíll be a big number, well into 3 figures (but I have no special inside knowledge). I really, truly, honestly hope it isnít, but hope doesnít pay the mortgage.

BALPA want to save as many jobs as they can, but itís probably easier for them to save the more senior pilots than those at the bottom.
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Old 27th May 2020, 09:34
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The Zoom meeting didn’t really tell us anything. It was a wish list for Balpa effectively just as BA have theirs, who’s more likely to get what they want? It’s a fact that it’s the position made redundant not the individual. That means anyone displaced only to find someone else taking up their position has a case for unfair dismissal. Not watertight as transferred redundancy (bumping) is not in itself illegal (as Bex has said) but it’s proven to be very difficult to justify for the company concerned. It usually takes place in cases where just one role has been made redundant, not both. Whether BA are going to want to potentially fight a load of unfair dismissals in court when it gives them the additional logistical and financial headache of having to retrain and retain a captain sitting on P1 pay to sit in the RHS is very much open to question.

I’m not saying it won’t go the way you suggest not for one moment. I’d very much like you to be correct because with mitigation efforts from Balpa and about 900 or so sitting below me on the MSL that might mean I’m safe. However I’m suggesting it won’t be as clear cut as that.

Bex the case I’m advocating actually makes me more vulnerable not less ;-)

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Old 27th May 2020, 09:39
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post
Just so I'm clear by the "last time" do you really mean the Mixed Fleet Strike of 2017??

I do accept it can be hard to keep track...

After years of Ďdivide and conquerí with different contracts, it is now ironic that the crew will all be under the same contract.

Therefore they should have greater unity, when needed.
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Old 27th May 2020, 09:54
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I sit 1120 off the bottom of the MSL (after 5 1/4 years) that equates to 20% on the LHR A320 Fleet.

The upshot of that is there are about 450 FOs junior to me at LHR and about 100 LGW A320 FOs in the firing line if LIFO is used as the basis of redundancy (BALPAS preferred option) and lets say there is a 20% reduction in SH flying this equates to 400 type ratings / conversion courses needing to be done - the cost monetary wise and in lost productivity is astronomical, Time is the main problem here If BA can train at a rate of 30 a month (unlikely) it will still take a year to replace the lost FOs, by that stage the situation should be improving and pilots may be needed again or fleet moves happening. I just don’t see BA going for it.

All the company needs to do to comply with the law and the S188 is have a negotiation, it does not need to end in agreement - direct quote -

Consultation does not have to end in agreement, but it must be carried out with a view to reaching it, including ways of avoiding or reducing the redundancies.”

Whether we like it or not (and we don’t) BA can pretty much do as they please in selecting redundancy victims and present it as a business case (look at what’s happening to the Cabincrew) so no one is “safe” I am ever hopeful that BALPA and BA will reduce the numbers by various schemes and the pain will be lessened..

good luck one and all.

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