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NEWS from BALPA
British Airline Pilots' Association
THURSDAY 25 APRIL 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FLYBE MUST TAKE UP BALPA OFFER AND AVOID REDUNDANCIES
The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has today appealed to Flybe to
take up its serious suggestions to avoid compulsory redundancies as it seeks to
secure its future.
Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, has said, ‘We are disappointed that
pilots are currently being telephoned by Flybe management and told they are
facing a serious risk of compulsory redundancy, and this even before the end of
the consultation process.
‘Clearly, Flybe has a very serious economic challenge. We understand that and
are prepared to help. Indeed, Flybe pilots from across the company have voted
to accept sacrifices in order to help deal with any cost problems.
‘But the company must do everything it can to avoid compulsory redundancies.
We have made a number of suggestions as to how Flybe might do that and reduce
costs at the same time, but disappointingly the company has not taken these up.
‘We believe there is no current plan to close whole bases, but this is of
little comfort to individual pilots who are looking redundancy in the face.
Indeed, this situation is understandably creating a good deal of concern
‘I am today calling on Flybe to take up our cost-saving suggestions and avoid
making its pilots compulsorily redundant. This is something we think can be
avoided and we are ready 24/7 to meet to help do that.’
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