Member Update – 24th March
Your trade union continues to work at both a local and corporate level as we deal with the challenges that face our members, business and the industry. As you may be aware BA has temporary paused the London City operation and it appears that our Gatwick schedule continues to reduce on an almost daily basis. Plans for April and May are still under consideration.
At a corporate level your union is working through the detail of the government scheme aimed at protecting workers. We will of course share more news as soon as we’re able.
In order to maintain essential services such as air transport, the government has designated operating cabin crew as key workers. Therefore, if you are rostered a flying duty you are included and considered a key worker on that duty day.
Locally, we have been dealing with a number of important issues. Firstly, we’re pleased the company have responded to our request and suspended SEP and training duties, as well as reviewed the onboard service. Details of the reduced service and product can be found on the IFCE One page. We will continue to press for further reductions and have asked that shorthaul product be delivered on request only basis. We have also been successful in suspending attendance review meetings at this time.
Due to supply chain issues it is possible we may see interruptions and variations to the loading of crew food. We’ll continue to work with the company to ensure adequate provisions are loaded for cabin crew.
We have sought assurances on behalf of our Inspire colleagues who were sadly stood down from the program and requested that these candidates be fast tracked as and when there is a requirement to increase our CSM headcount.
In addition, we have established cross fleet working groups with BASSA and MFU to co-ordinate efforts on Health & Safety and other shared issues.
Across the fleets our commuting crew colleagues are finding themselves in particularly difficult circumstances. The company have been offering support where possible via CCAS. In addition, the company has produced letters for them to use to meet local requirements enabling them to continue commuting to and from work, where this is allowed. We will continue to push for further support for these colleagues.
Yesterday, CSMs and the trade union received notice that the company had deferred a decision on CSM PRP until September. We are equally dismayed by this decision which will have a serious financial impact on colleagues who rely on this element of their renumeration. It is our view that PRP is pay and not a bonus and will be dealing with it as such. Whilst we appreciate that thousands of UK workers are currently at risk of losing their job, we believe this decision is unfair and will be seeking assurances from the company in relation to the timing of the payment.
In terms of the local trade union team, it really is all hands on deck at the moment. Your reps were quick to establish dedicated roles, divide the workload and organise tasks. This has helped us respond effectively to the rapidly changing situation. We are working tirelessly to ensure members queries are responded to as soon as possible. However, if the duty rep is busy assisting another member, we would ask that you leave your contact phone number as our phone system does not show inbound caller ID’s.
Next, your reps are working on a document that pulls together information from a range of credit and financial institutions as well as service suppliers that are preparing to offer customers assistance. We will circulate this with members as soon as it is completed.
We would like to share a word of caution in relation to social media. We appreciate that everyone needs to let off a little steam but be mindful about what you post online. Please maintain the professionalism that BA crew are famous for and help us focus on our members by not being distracted with unpleasant and unnecessary disciplinaries.
Your reps will continue to deal and work through the challenges that present themselves. If you need any support, don’t hesitate to get in contact.
Finally, like all colleagues your reps were devasted to hear the sad news of the passing of our dear colleague David Snaith yesterday. David was a true gentleman and will be sorely missed by all. Our thoughts are with his partner, friends and family at this incredibly difficult time.
As always, please take care of each other and thank you for your support.