Letter to corporates

MSPs urge big firms to oppose BA’s job cuts

Protest at Edinburgh Airport earlier this month (pic: Terry Murden)

A cross-party group of MSPs is calling on corporate clients of British Airways to put pressure on the airline to withdraw its approach to cutting jobs.

In a letter to 21 of the airline’s corporate customers, including Diageo, BP, HSBC and Microsoft, Labour, SNP and Green MSPs urge them to use their influence and bring about an end to the confrontation with staff.

The MSPs says that along with “others” they will consider asking the UK Government to strip BA of lucrative slots at airports in response to what they call “industrial thuggery”.

It states: “Such is the anger at the company’s conduct here in Scotland, we amongst others are calling for the UK government to consider stripping BA of some of its lucrative landing  slots, particularly at Heathrow airport, in response to the airline’s perceived “industrial thuggery”.

“Slots should be allocated on social responsibility, inward investment and connectivity . We will be putting plans in place to change UK legislation regarding slots. “

Unite executive officer, Sharon Graham said: “MSPs are right to urge BA’s clients to bring their influence to bear on BA. The airline is using the worst health crisis in a century to slash jobs, pay and conditions. 

“The UK Government’s Transport Select Committee has rightly branded British Airways a national disgrace. Unite negotiates with thousands of employers. No other employer has acted like British Airways during this health crisis. 

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