Was working in MAD T4
this morning. At 4.30AM i saw the BA
workers get ready in the employee parking lot with signs and white t-shirts with slogans on them. By 5 they were protesting in front of the BA
desks. The BA
Sales counter remained closed until I left at 11AM and long lines formed at the few checkin counters that were staffed by staff from other stations.
decided to sub-contract its ground activities in MAD
) to Iberia, transferring all their staff to the Spanish airline. Initially, they will keep their salary, but will pretty much start at the bottom on IB
's employee scale, thus they will never get a payraise - that's if IB
doesn't find a way to fire them.
is a horrible company to work for.... some people there have been on temporary contracts for more than 6 years now ... morale is in general very low, and only those hired more than 15-20 years ago have okay working conditions ... but then those are the most incompetent ones at IB
(they don't even speak English and have no customer service skills whatsover) and they are only there because they are relatives of some IB
managers (enchufados) ... i have contacts with IB
employees everyday as they handle the checkin/ramp at my airline and my work is to supervise them.
Many workers here at the airport chose NOT to work for a Spanish airline, because they're such a joke when it comes to contracts and working conditions. It really sucks to work for a good, profitable airline like BA
and then being simply dumped to one of the worst airline in the world.
I think BA
should review this kind of strategy .... not sure BA
pax will like having non-English speaking IB
staff handle them. And those BA
workers are on strike because they actually want to keep on working for BA
. They are not asking for more money or anything like that... they just want to stay at BA
becasue they love their jobs!