Wednesday, 17 June 2009

British Airways asks staff to work without pay for a month

It's with mixed feelings I notice that BA has asked its employees to work without pay for a month; Schadenfreude, in that this organisation has put its own greed before our quality of life, contrasted with sadness, because we are witnessing yet another British company "fighting for its own survival".
BA management is commendably trying everything to avoid job losses, however it's clear that redundancies are the logical next step. Asking employees to "play their part" like this, without giving any extra job security seems rather one-sided.
At the end of the day, management will decide who gets made redundant and you can be fairly sure that Chief Executive Willie Walsh won't be laying himself off in a hurry, even if he is selflessly forgoing a month's salary from his annual £735,000 paycheck.
Time for BA employees to jump the sinking ship (err, plane)?

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Heathrow fined £10,000 after worker falls off terminal roof

In March 2007 a contractor fell from one of the buildings at Heathrow, seriously injuring his leg. There was no edge protection and local lighting was found not to be working.

Due to the accident, the worker suffered life changing injuries and is now unable to do the work that he used to do.

Let's hope safety policies are a little more stringent when it comes to the planes....