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Thursday 14th June 2012 | 10:46
GMB press release
The integration of the BMI business into BA and the current state of talks has major implications for Edinburgh, Belfast and Manchester airports which are facing large scale redundancies.
GMB negotiators will attend a meeting in Waterside house Heathrow with BA over the transfer of BMI regional and main line staff and BMI baby employees to BA.
GMB is expecting BA to move on its intention to make staff redundant and get a new provider to re-employ on lesser terms and conditions. If there is no improvement GMB will move to an official industrial action ballot following an indicative vote of action from the members involved.
Eddie Parker, GMB Organiser said, “The meeting on Monday in Heathrow in pivotal in the talks about the integration of the BMI business into BA and the current state of these talk has major implications for Edinburgh, Belfast and Manchester airports which are facing whole redundancies.
BA want to make everyone redundant to let a new provider re employ staff on lesser terms. GMB want current staff transferred with all their current terms and conditions intact as the TUPE laws require.
If BA want redundancies they need to put a top end redundancy package on offer. But in the current climate of unemployment it would be best for people to keep their jobs.
All this is magnified in Belfast as BMI have only one route remaining and BA is not offering any firm commitment on this beyond 2013.”