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BA bosses face lemming protest

Issue No. 2160

British Airways (BA) workers are furious at management plans for job and pay cuts at the airline.

BA is proposing to cut 2,000 cabin crew and 1,700 other workers.

Protestors from the GMB union took live lemmings in cages to BA’s annual general meeting in London on Tuesday.

Union members held up placards bearing slogans including “British Airways deserves better than to be led by lemmings” and, in a reference to BA bosse Willie Walsh, “Willie, time to head to the departure gate?”

So far there has been little sign of organised resistance at BA – with pilots in the British Airline Pilots’ Association and cabin crew in the Unite union offering to take a 2.6 percent pay cut.

But it seems that BA is not satisfied with the offer of pay cuts and wants to tear up the contracts of cabin crew by slashing conditions and pay, and bring in new recruits on lower salaries.

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Tue 14 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2160
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