British Airways to cut 400 cabin crew jobs but promises all will be voluntary redundancies



10:34 GMT, 5 December 2012

British Airways is set to cut 400 senior cabin crew jobs from its 14,000 workforce.

The airline is in talks with the trade union Unite over the plans and has made reassurances that cuts would be made through voluntary redundancies.

The move will affect only those who work solely on its long or short haul routes, but not those who work across both.

Cuts: Around 400 cabin crew jobs are to go at British Airways

Cuts: Around 400 cabin crew jobs are to go at British Airways

British Airways said on Tuesday it had begun a 90-day consultation with Unite.

The cuts are likely to add pressure on parent International Consolidated Airlines Group, which is already facing holiday season strikes at its Iberia business.

Unite officer Oliver Richardson said the union would be working to ensure that BA ‘keeps its promise of “no compulsory” redundancies’.

‘Any attempts to force people wanting to continue working for BA out of a job will be resisted,’ he said.

BA fought a protracted battle over pay and staffing in 2010 and 2011 with cabin crew, which was resolved last year after a number of disruptive strikes.

Its partner airline Iberia said earlier this month it would axe about 4,500 jobs as it cut capacity to make it more competitive. A series of strikes are planned next month in protest.