Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting Unite’s BA Betrayal campaign, condemning British Airways’ terrible treatment of staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.
British Airways is threatening to terminate its entire workforce of over 42,000 employees. Under these proposals they will allow workers to return only if they accept drastic cuts of up to 70% of their wages, by mid-June.
Many industries and businesses have been badly affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, but none are taking steps as drastic as British Airways.
Gwynne has joined other parliamentarians from across the political spectrum to call on the Prime Minister to ensure:
- That if British Airways continues to attack its own workforce and imposes drastic and unnecessary cuts, the Government will act and amend slot regulations to end the current form of allocation including ‘legacy’ or ‘grandfather’ rights.
- That from 2021 the UK Parliament will have the power to set additional local criteria that incentivise internal investment, Social Responsibility and connectivity in return for slot allocation.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“British Airways’ treatment of their staff during this pandemic has been absolutely disgraceful.
“It is a betrayal of staff who have put years – and sometimes decades – of hard work into the company.
“Politicians of all parties should stand together against this huge injustice.”