Hundreds Of BA Staff To Work For Nothing

Hundreds Of BA Staff To Work For Nothing

There are 3 comments on the Sky News story from Jun 27, 2009, titled Hundreds Of BA Staff To Work For Nothing. In it, Sky News reports that:

British Airways says 7,000 of its staff have opted to take pay cuts while 800 will work for nothing.

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USPilot

United States

#1 Jun 28, 2009
The race to the bottom continues on a global scale. wonderful.

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#2 Jun 28, 2009
Dear Visa, Mastercard, Mortgage company and car loan. I have opted to work one month for free. Please deduct the amount I would normally pay you as if I had paid it. The utilities have agreed to do it already, and a local grocer is giving me free food for the month. Thank you. I envy a person that can afford to do that, even if you are spreading the loss of pay over 6 months. You are either a great saver, married to a wealthy person, or overpaid.
TULAARETIRED

Tulsa, OK

#3 Jun 28, 2009
Prost wrote:
Dear Visa, Mastercard, Mortgage company and car loan. I have opted to work one month for free. Please deduct the amount I would normally pay you as if I had paid it. The utilities have agreed to do it already, and a local grocer is giving me free food for the month. Thank you. I envy a person that can afford to do that, even if you are spreading the loss of pay over 6 months. You are either a great saver, married to a wealthy person, or overpaid.
PROST,

The BA employees clearly understand the dilemma and plight that the airline industry is experiencing. They realize that one has to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to save their company and preserve everything they worked for in the past.

You and your fellow employees did the same in 2003 to avoid bankruptcy and lose ALL of the gains you won in the previous contract negotiations. The reality is that bankruptcy is an easy way to clean the slate and start all over. Ask your brothers at DAL, CAL, UAL, NWA.....etc.

I admire the sacrifices that my fellow employees made back in 2003 and the business decisions that, at times inept, our senior management have made to keep the ship afloat during these extremely difficult times. I thought they were out of their minds when they announced drastic capacity cuts ahead of the slowdown and continue to do so rather than fly empty planes that would have been essentially revenue ferry flights and as you mentioned in a previous Post in the SWA discussion regarding outsourcing maintenance, our initiative to perform 90% of our maintenance in-house as well as bringing in contract maintenance work. Wouldn’t be ironic if we see SWA tails in TULE, AFW, or MCI!

Now back to BA, one of the items in the article mentioned the following:“Staff who have offered to work unpaid will still receive shift allowances and other payments, although they will forego their basic pay.”, so it seems they are still receiving some compensation.

I expect RWG will weigh in pretty soon and give us is negative perspective and commentary.

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