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500 British Airways catering jobs reprieved

13 Nov 2020
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Members who were facing redundancy but can now look forward to a merrier Christmas

GMB, the union for aviation workers, has praised Baxter Storey after the catering company put plans to cut 500 jobs on hold.

The company - chief caterer for British Airways (BA) business lounges including Heathrow’s flagship terminal five and BA’s engineering base - has told staff redundancy consultations at the airport will be paused.

Workers will now be on the extended furlough scheme until the company have a clearer idea of the future plan from BA.

Perry Phillips, GMB Organiser, said:

“This is really good news for members who were facing redundancy but can now look forward to a merrier Christmas.

“Credit must go to the company for recognising its highly skilled workforce - they have done everything they possibly can to keep staff employed through these dire times.

“By preserving its dedicated workers they will be ready and prepared for the return of passenger and freight flights seen before the pandemic.

“GMB is calling on other employers within the aviation industry considering redundancies to follow Baxter Storey’s lead and use the Government’s furlough and Job Support Schemes to protect their workers.”

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