The aviation union in the UK is currently so busy handing everything from business to consumer complaints and balancing out differing interests between employer and employee, as EasyJet joins the ranks of the aviation companies’ trying to double down on their sizes during the COVID-19 induced recession.
In this regard, the union has formally accused the company of downsizing too much, cutting 4,500 staffs across he country, making The British Airline Pilots’ Association fending for their members’ rights as well as them urging the current cabinet to intervene in this mass craze for minimal structure.
BALPA tweeted today: ‘We are shocked at the size of potential pilot job losses in easyJet which equate to nearly 1-in-3 of easyJet pilots in the UK: 727 pilots.
EasyJet paid £174m out to shareholders, got agreements to furlough staff to protect cash, got £600m from the Government, has boasted of having £2.4bn in liquidity, and ticket sales are going through the roof so fast they cannot get pilots back off furlough quickly enough.
So this seems an excessive over-reaction.It doesn’t add up. We are meeting easyJet today and we will be fighting to save every single job. This is more evidence that aviation in the UK is caught in a death spiral of despair and individual airlines are flailing around without direction.
Govt should step in, provide a strategy and back a moratorium on job losses’.
EasyJet is expected to lose up to 4,500 jobs across its entire network including around 1,900 UK employees.
Some 727 of its UK-based pilots are at risk of redundancy, equivalent to about one-third of its pilots in the country.The airline announced last month it was reducing its workforce by up to 30 per cent, warning it needed to cut 4,500 jobs to stay competitive after coronavirus caused a travel market slump.
At the start of this month easyJet raised £419million of cash to help it see through the pandemic.It has also taken a £600million Government loan.
The beleaguered Luton-based carrier becomes the latest domino to fall in the aviation industry, which has suffered massive losses in the wake of the pandemic. British Airways is cutting up to 12,000 staff, and Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair will each let go of around 3,000.
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