BA HKG Crew Redundant, with no notice.Back to Forum
Sacked British Airways staff protest at Hong Kong International Airport, accuse airline of breaking labour laws
Demonstrators say deal offered by carrier is unfair and miscalculates compensation payments28 Sep 2018
at 23:0029 Sep 2018
If you are a regular on this route you will know how amazing these crew are. A go fund me page has been set up if you want to help them out.30 Sep 2018
Obnoxious from BA. Not the strategic decision that could may-be make sense. But the way it used. There is one thing WW and Cruz don’t get and can’t get: it is loyalty. And this is even more important with the younger generations as motivation is key for them while the sense of duty is less important. Giving HKG crew 3 or 4 months notice would not only have been fair for their great service, but also give a better image than just benefiting from the liberal local laws for a ver small saving at the group level. And BA will learn it the hard way since there is notably one thing that differentiates legacy crew from their younger colleagues: the sense of duty.30 Sep 2018
They saved a few pennies in the short term, that’s all that Cruz cares about. He hasn’t got the foresight to think what it will cost them long term in lost loyalty and hopefully in a court case if there is a class action and the airline loses. Nor does he have any humanity.30 Sep 2018
Martin, the rumour going around (read inevitable consequence) is that this move opens the gate for Mixed Fleet to operate the route in the near future thereby saving BA yet more millions per year. Up until now they couldn’t work with HKG ICC crew for reasons too complicated to explain quickly here.30 Sep 2018
BA is subject to HKG law for those staff and the staff have numerous advantages for living there – a great city for residents!
If they were to recieve UK typical redundancy offers (not the legal minimum) the airline saves £2m or more depending on their length of service,not a small amount and added to the MF savings.
They are great at customer service and one can only imagine MF crew being as good.
BA could have had phased voluntary redundancy to enable each HKG staff to get re-employed in their own time, however the oil price is biting too!2 Oct 2018
The main beef most BA staff seem to have with this is not that BA identified an area to cut costs, not that a HKG cabin crew base was no longer part of the new ‘strategy’. It was the mean, callous way they dismissed 85 staff – many whom I say hand on heart are BA’s best – with absolutely no notice, nor remuneration for some and no further a months salary in lieu for the others. YES it’s legal to do that in Hong Kong. It’s also legal to do that in Singapore, yet BA did the right thing there and gave the crew NINE MONTHS notice.
I don’t think people outside BA understand the impact on this decision on the lives on the HKG crew. I am not just talking about money, about a JOB. These HKG crew spent almost half their lives here in the UK. That’s the only route they operated week in, week out. HKG-LHR-HKG. Many for 20-30 years. They’d made friends, established a second home here in London. And then, with no notice were told ‘you won’t be going back…no goodbye to friends, no sorting out any bank accounts etc you may have opened there’. You no longer have a job with us.
And the factor that seemed to peev EVERYONE off was that BA dismally attempted to bury this news by announcing the new uniform designer the same day as sacking these staff. It didn’t work.
**Personal opinions only**2 Oct 2018
Judging by the regular “issues” BA are facing these days, I would suggest that Alex probably doesn’t need to sleep at night, as it looks as though he is sleeping most of the day.2 Oct 2018