Residents of Northwood, Ruislip and Pinner who could be affected by British Airways’ (BA) mass job cuts have campaigned in numbers.
BA plans a major restructuring, which could mean up to 12,000 redundancies and changes to the terms and conditions of remaining staff.
Hundreds of BA staff live in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, where friends and neighbours have been showing their support by calling on their MP David Simmonds to sign a pledge which urges a government review of British Airways’ control UK landing slots amid the airline’s betrayal of its workers and the British public.
BA Betrayal, a movement against BA’s plans set up by Unite the union, held a press event in Green Lane, Northwood on Thursday, July 9.
Unite executive officer Sharon Graham said: “Friends and neighbours have been showing their support for BA staff and are calling on David Simmonds to act. British Airways’ workers face an unprecedented attack on their jobs, pay and conditions in the middle of the worst health crisis in a century.
“There should be consequences to BA’s actions. The company is essentially creating a new and unrecognisable airline – it should not automatically have the legacy slots. BA controls over half the landing slots at Heathrow. It is simply wrong for BA to have privileged access to landing slots while its workforce are being sacrificed for shareholder profits.”