Breaking Sky News: BA Jobs Under Threat At Gatwick Airport

Posted: April 11, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Gatwick
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Hundreds of jobs at Gatwick Airport are under threat as part of a cost-cutting drive by British Airways, Sky News has learnt. 

BA has begun a consultation with trade unions over the proposals

BA has begun a consultation with trade unions over the proposals

The airline is to make 120 check-in and customer service staff redundant at the London airport, while 400 baggage handlers, drivers and loaders have been told that they will lose their jobs unless they transfer to a sub-contractor.

BA has begun a consultation with trade unions over the proposals, which the company says will enable it to compete better in the short haul market. The plans will see ‘ramp work’ such as baggage, de-icing and coaching operations and the arrivals baggage service outsourced to another firm.

At the same time, customer service roles will be combined to reduce the overall headcount of the division by about a quarter.

In a statement BA said: “[The plans] are part of a wide-ranging plan to build a stronger and more cost-competitive business and safeguard jobs for the future. “We hope to agree a proposal with the trade unions to offer anyone who works on the ramp a role with a new external supplier, under TUPE transfer legislation.

“We will do all we can to minimise the impact on people in the customer service teams, but it is likely there may be some staff reductions in this area and among the management team and support structure.”

BA is currently the only airline to operate out of Gatwick airport with its own ground staff….

Read the full story at Sky News….

Sky News
Wednesday April 11, 2012


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