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400 job losses at British Airways

Wednesday December 5th 2012

British Airways (BA) is undertaking a consultation period with staff over voluntary redundancies, as it looks to shed 400 senior cabin crew positions.

The airline has stressed that there will be no compulsory redundancies, and a BA spokesman has stated that the company has entered into a 90-day consultation period with the Unite union. This is strictly relating to the voluntary redundancy of 400 cabin crew staff only.

Only senior cabin crew employees are being offered the package, and these are pursers and cabin crew directors who work exclusively on either long-haul or short-haul flights and services. The redundancy package will not be available to staff who are categorised as "mixed" fleet, which means they operate on both long and short-haul flights.

BA had a damaging and long-running cabin crew dispute that only ended last year, and they have around 14,000 cabin crew staff in total.

The spokesman did, however, insist that "this is a purely voluntary scheme. We have no plans to make any compulsory redundancies".

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