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Bmi To Shed 1500 Staff?

Thu Jun 12, 2003 10:26 pm

This BBC story suggests that bmi are to lose 1500 staff over the next 3 years "through natural wastage". The story says that it equates one third of its workforce.

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RE: Bmi To Shed 1500 Staff?

Fri Jun 13, 2003 2:02 am

I don't imagine that BMI are particularly overstaffed at the moment so I find it difficult to believe that they can lose 1/3 of the workforce and maintain the present network and level of service. The report only mentions airport staff but I fail to see that 'encouraging more passengers to use automatic and remote check-in facilities' will mean that they can get rid of that many people. Or does no one turn up at an airport with baggage any more??!

Good luck to all at BMI though.
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RE: Bmi To Shed 1500 Staff?

Fri Jun 13, 2003 2:07 am

I myself can not imagine it being that well embraced as you could lose that many employees! What is next clean the plane on your way out to make it nice for the next passengers, serve you self beverages during the flight, coin operated toilets, tip the cabin crew and pilots for today's flight, unload your own baggage prior to leaving the airport.....
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RE: Bmi To Shed 1500 Staff?

Fri Jun 13, 2003 5:14 am

I flew BD on saturday morning on the LHR-LIN route then back on Monday flights were nearly full out (4 seats left on the F100) and completley full back (on A321)

At LHR the check in queue was enourmous. I only had hand luggage so i checked in at ticket sales but i heard people talking that had been queuing for over 2 1/2 hrs. Personally imo they havent got enough staff to cover really in a morning especially. They would really be scraping the barrel if they do this.

Also their cabin crew could do with smiling a bit more because they were morbid
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RE: Bmi To Shed 1500 Staff?

Sat Jun 14, 2003 5:48 am

"1500 staff over 3 years through natural wastage".

Shouldn't be a problem for Bmi. They cannot keep staff there for that long anyway. I would guestimate that about 70+% of Bmi staff have been there for less than 2 years. It's about that point when people get sick of being treated like sh!t, working 18 hour days with no break, being TOLD your shift pattern is being changed in 2 weeks time whether you like it or not without even being consulted on the matter, being told the company will pay £10 towards your xmas party and 2 years later they still ain't coughed up and thats just for starters....

........... and for the flight/cabin crew being rostered to work 4 sectors on a day only to get back after your last sector thinking your going home only to be told that you are going to DUB and nightstopping - ruining any plans you had for after work in that life you actually do have, not getting a roster until 2 weeks before if your lucky, not being able to have leave when YOU want it, only when the company tells you when you can have it.

Thats probably why Bmi staff don't smile too much - would you if you had to put up with that at work day in day out ?.

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RE: Bmi To Shed 1500 Staff?

Sat Jun 14, 2003 6:26 am

Regarding check-in, from what I have read so far the intention is to install auto check-in machines much like BA have done in recent years. For me check in is the biggest reason I don't like to fly BMI, why stand in a huge queue once in the morning and then again in the evening? With BA I can do it all in one visit to the auto check-in machine-usually without having to queue at all.

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