BA Cargo, Iberia Cargo, and Aer Lingus Cargo were all merged to form IAG Cargo a number of years ago. I work for BA Cargo on a BA contract but with all branding, management, sales, etc made at IAG level. Up until now the 12000 figure didn't include us, and we'd had a message from the Cargo CEO which basically said we were IAG Cargo and would be dealt with accordingly. All of a sudden we are now classed as BA again and have been told that across the whole Heathrow cargo complex we are losing 369 jobs. Add this to the 125 extra pilots, and you now have nearly 12,500 people facing redundancy from British Airways in a couple of weeks time.
My understanding is that those who do work for IAG (and IAG Cargo) are employed in one of two ways:
1. They are on IAG or IAG Cargo contracts, typically managers who transferred from Opcos such as BA over the past several years.
2. They remain employees of the Opcos with a reporting line up to IAG or IAG Cargo management. They therefore retain significant benefits such as their pension schemes and the years of service with their Opcos will be good when redundancy calculations are made.
I'm sorry to hear of more job losses but these would have happened even if you were an IAG Cargo employee, in fact it's actually easier for IAG and IAG Cargo to dismiss their employees as managers are on different contracts. I suspect that it is more beneficial now to be a BA rather than an IAG or IAG Cargo employee.
Well, we expected job losses obviously, but seeing as nearly the all the flights that BA have been flying for the last 3 months have been cargo only, we have been the only part of the airline bringing in any revenue. As the demand for cargo space rocketed due to the lack of passenger flights, and therefore belly hold space, so did the charge for flying that cargo. We have been flying food, mail and pharmaceuticals throughout the crises as normal.
And of course we have the millions of pieces of PPE from China on three daily 777-300 flights, 2 from Shanghai, and 1 from Beijing. These were initially flying with boxes of PPE on all the seats and in the overhead bins, about 250 boxes + around another 100 in the bulk hold 5 of the aircraft, as well as 14 PMCs in the cargo holds .
The Beijing flight now uses the two 777-200 aircraft that have had all the seats removed, other than first class, G-YMMG and K. All the boxes are being stacked on the empty floors and tied down with cargo nets, the overhead bins are still being filled, and there are even boxes being placed in the galleys where the food carts would normally be. Todays flight had 1117 boxes in the passenger cabin!
These flights are set to continue until at least the end of July.
So, we have all this extra work, which is helping support the NHS and care homes around the UK fighting the pandemic, and BA management just use it as an opportunity to do what they like.25% headcount reduction just feels like such a kick in the teeth. It doesn't feel beneficial to me to be on a BA contract....