BA Employees Asked to Work for Free for a Month

Posted on 06. Dec, 2011 by in News

If you want proof that the aviation industry has been affected with the recession issue, then you don’t have to look far. You just have to check out the British Airways and you would know that indeed there have been problems in the said field. The flagship airline of Gatwick encouraged their workers to work for free so that it can keep the company operating.

The airline lost an amount of £400 million last year. To keep the company going, it had to ask 400,000 employees to work for free for a duration of one month.

The head of British Airways, Willie Walsh, mentioned that he will sacrifice his own salary for the company to show that he himself will practice what he preaches. This move will mean that he will be giving up his salaries actual value. But for his annual’s salary of £740,000, a month’s salary not given will do little to him thus making it not a big deal. But for those cabin crews who have really small pays, it can make a significant difference.

The cause why the airline is doing so poorly is because of two reasons. First, there is a significant decrease on the number of passengers and the increase in oil prices since last year. Although BA is not the only airline faced with this problem, as well as other carriers.

Mr. Walsh said that they need to face the problem and that they have to address it in the best possible way. He believes that with their teamwork, they will be able to overcome this hurdle in their careers.

There are different opinions regarding this move. There are some that are willing to make the sacrifice and there are those that are believe there are better ways to address the problem without having to cut back on their salaries.



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