FLYBE TOLD PILOTS COMPULSORY REDUNDANCIES MAY BE NEEDED: BALPA
(The following press release from BALPA was received by e-mail. It was not confirmed by the sender.)
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 amongst pilots.
‘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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