British Airways have been warned by the trade union Unite that they intend to take “industrial action with immediate effect.”
This comes as the airline and Unite have been battling for weeks as in April the owner IAG warned that 12,000 jobs could be lost as a result of coronavirus.
IAG warned staff that if no deal is reached then they will be given notice of termination of employment, then they will be re-hired under a new contract.
The new contract will see a change in terms and conditions with significant pay cuts. Unite has slammed the decision and accused the airline of a “fire and rehire policy,” which will affect cabin crew, engineers and maintenance staff.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey has accused BA’s chief executive Alex Cruz of “arrogance,” in a letter seen by the BBC.
The letter says, “You have now published a timetable to fire and rehire thousands of your workforce on 7 August.
“We will work every hour between now and then to convince you not to do so.
“You can take this letter as our commitment to do that. However, you can also take this as an intention to defend our members by moving towards industrial action with immediate effect.”
BA said in a letter responding to Unite, the coronavirus lockdown and a halt in travel has been the “biggest challenge the airline and our industry has ever faced.
“It is disappointing that a company doing everything it can to save jobs is being singled out by Unite for national criticism, when jobs are being lost across the country in every industry.”
If BA staff accept the changes to the way they work or their terms and conditions, we expect to be able to save more jobs.”