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British Airways to go ahead with cutting 12,000 jobs

14th May 20 3:35 pm

British Airways have confirmed they are going ahead with cutting 12,000 jobs despite the government extending the furlough scheme.

The chief executive of IAG Willie Walsh told MPs on Monday, prior to the furlough extension that the timing of the decision to axe the jobs is due to UK’s labour laws, meaning staff must be provided with a 45-day consultation before any redundancies take place.

Walsh said the consultations with British Airways staff will continue to go ahead despite the Chancellor extending the furlough scheme until the end of October.

Walsh wrote, “I was pleased to see the announcement by the Chancellor that the CJRS (furlough scheme) is being extended.

“We commend the Chancellor for his decision and applaud his efforts to breathe some life into a dying economy.

“His actions will provide some additional relief to our people and our business.

“However, we must act now to secure the maximum number of jobs possible, consistent with the reality of a structurally changed airline industry in a severely weakened global economy.

“I want to confirm therefore that we will not pause our consultations or put our plans on hold.”

On Monday in evidence to the Transport Committee, he said the redundancies were at BA because “the labour legislation in Ireland and Spain – the two other major countries in which we operate – it’s different. We’re required to do it in a different way.”

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