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British Airways

Issue No. 1917

THE CHAOS at Heathrow airport last week showed the madness of the job losses imposed by the management of British Airways (BA).

Passengers faced delays and cancellations, despite the fact that unions representing thousands of BA workers called off a strike planned for Friday of the bank holiday weekend.

Even business commentators identified BA’s cost-cutting programme as the root of the problem. The company is well on the way to slashing 13,000 posts.

What last week revealed is that it simply does not have the staff to cope with demand.

BA’s answer is not to reverse the jobs cull. It is to make its remaining workforce work harder and longer.

Staff have real concerns about the new sickness policy the company wants to introduce as part of the settlement to this year’s pay dispute.

Despite suffering savage job losses, union activists are in a position to further organise the strength of BA workers and start to win important victories.


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Sat 4 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1917
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