Willie Walsh blasts ‘blind and deaf’ union as Qatar rides to IAG’s rescue

BA announced up to 12,000 redundancies in April in response to the pandemic, which led to all but a handful of flights being grounded.

Union leaders are angry at BA’s plans to “fire and rehire” some cabin crew, forcing those that remain at the airline to accept inferior pay and working conditions.

“At the heart of this, you have a trade union that has refused to accept that this is a crisis that needs to be addressed,” Mr Walsh said.

“The Unite trade union has told everybody that this is a temporary issue that can be resolved by temporary measures. 

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Willie Walsh hits back over British Airways job cuts

Willie Walsh has hit back at a scathing report by MPs on British Airways’ treatment of staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Commons transport committee branded BA a “national disgrace” over plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs and change working conditions.

Mr Walsh, chief executive of parent company IAG, defended the airline’s response to the crisis, saying it was acting in a “perfectly lawful manner” in its fight to survive.

He said in a letter to committee chairman Huw Merriman: “This is not a disgrace. Lying down and surrendering without a fight would be a disgrace and we will

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