The Romford MP Andrew Rosindell today backed the pledge calling for the Government to take action over British Airway’s handling of staff.
The MP joined local councillors, Unite members and British Airways workers outside of the town hall in Romford to add his name to the pledge.
More than 240 MP’s have pledged to review BA’s privileged landing slots if the airline doesn’t end its brutal ‘fire and rehire’ attack on thousands of its staff.
MPs from across the political divide are calling for a review of the airline’s privileged landing and take-off slots as BA seeks to fire its workforce and rehire those that survive on inferior contracts.
Mr Rosindell addressed the crowd outside of the town hall saying: “Most of us travel British Airways and the word British to me means ‘fairplay.’ The way British Airways are behaving today is thoroughly reprehensible and they should not be allowed to do so.
“The people who have worked for British Airways for many decades do not deserve to lose their jobs or be bought back on worse terms. This is not the way we do things in Britain.
“There is no doubt that the airline industry has to go through major changes after what has happened. That does not mean we discard loyal staff, so I call upon the Government to speak with British Airways directly to resolve this matter as fast as possible to ensure that people do not lose their jobs and that a fair solution is found. Otherwise the preferential slots British Airways take for granted should be called into question.”
Unite executive officer Sharon Graham said: “Many thousands of BA workers are being subjected to the most brutal ‘fire and rehire strategy. British Airways are a national disgrace and actions against them will continue.
“So far, over 240 MPs have added their name to our call for BA’s privileged landing slots to be reviewed and the numbers continue to grow. BA scorched earth approach will have consequences.”
“The way BA have treated their workers throughout this pandemic is nothing short of a disgrace and embarrassment. If they can afford to buy new airlines, they can afford to continue paying their workers a fair and just wage. Their actions fall far short of the values of British people and therefore should not have the cheek to bear our flag or name on their livery.” Nicholas West – Chair of Havering and Dagenham Young Labour, Trade Union Council LESE Youth Rep and Unite London & Eastern Young Members Exec Committee.