24 AUGUST 2020


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Article from BTNews 24 AUGUST 2020

EasyJet confirms closure of three UK bases

The BALPA – easyJet affable relationship suggested in last week’s BTN has quickly disappeared with the airline confirming that it is to close its Newcastle, Southend and Stansted bases first reported in BTN 2 July.

For the foreseeable future Southend will no longer feature in the route network.

The airline confirms it has reached agreement with Unite on voluntary redundancy terms and selection criteria for impacted cabin crew and the individual consultation process with cabin crew continues.

The rapport with BALPA is now more tense.  The pilots union says the announcement came out of the blue.  “We do not blame easyJet for the downturn caused by Covid. But the way they have gone about dealing with it has been deplorable,” said Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary.  “We have put forward tough measures such as part-time and part-year working which would have significantly reduced the need for compulsory redundancies. Rather than considering these proposals easyJet have walked away.”



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