Union wants to know about airline’s future


LONDON – The U.K.’s largest labor union, Unite, has called on the chief executive of British Midlands Airways, or bmi and its German owner, Deutche Lufthansa AG to discuss the future of the company.

The union is concerned following reports that suggest Lufthansa is inviting interested parties to carry out a due diligence process, which could lead to the eventual sell-off or break-up of bmi.

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“We have written to bmi’s CEO [Nigel Turner] to call on the company to ensure that the workers at the carrier are not the last to know about their futures,” said Unite national officer Brian Boyd. Any decision should guarantee job security and protection of existing terms and conditions, he added.

“Workers always seem to be the last to know when businesses make decisions that could threaten their very livelihoods. Situations such as the demise of XL, and Zoom airlines, where workers are told by e-mail or given an hour’s notice that they no longer have a job, are totally unacceptable and are no way to treat employees who continually contribute to the success of business,” Boyd said.

Unite said it will also be approaching Virgin Atlantic and British Airways PLC, both of which have been named in recent reports relating to the possible sell off by Lufthansa.

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