Tan Dhesi MP for Slough
I wanted to provide you with an update regarding the ongoing dispute with British Airways.
As you know, this week Huw Merriman MP, the chair of the Transport Select Committee has applied for a debate in Parliament to highlight the pressing issue of BA redundancies. I fully support Huw’s Backbench Business Debate Application and have agreed to support this application formally by co-signing. It is vital that Parliament gets a chance to debate this matter. I have also put in to speak during a Ministerial Statement on this issue and if I am fortunate enough to be selected to speak, I will make a strong case on behalf of yourself and other constituents.
Along with other concerned local MPs, I have signed a further letter to BA CEO Alex Cruz, requesting a meeting to discuss the future of BA employees, and to urge BA to seek an extension to the consultation period and re-extend offers to meet with trade unions. It is essential that BA work constructively with MPs and unions in trying to find a resolution which protects the livelihoods of BA employees. You can read the letter here.
Further, last week I received a letter from BA Chief Executive Officer Willie Walsh. Mr Walsh outlined that COVID-19 is proving a serious threat to the aviation industry, however I remain unconvinced that cutting 12,000 jobs is the only way for BA to ‘restructure’ their business, and I will continue to urge BA to think again.
I am aware of the importance of this issue in Slough and across the country, and I am determined to do all I can to pursue this matter. Over the coming days there will be more significant developments on this issue, and I will ensure that I keep you updated and take action accordingly.