Some 500 aviation workers facing a grim Christmas with redundancy looming up now have a better outlook for the future after consultation between the trade union UNITE and catering company Baxter Storey.

The company is the chief supplier for British Airways business lounges including Heathrow’s flagship Terminal 5 and BA’s engineering base.  The company has told staff that redundancy consultations will be paused until it has a clearer idea of BA’s future plans.  Staff will benefit from the Government’s extended furlough scheme.  

By next April new BA boss Sean Doyle would have had close on six months in charge and should be able to see more clearly the way forward.

Perry Phillips, GMB Organiser, said: “This is really good news for members who were facing redundancy but can now look forward to a merrier Christmas.

“Credit must go the company for recognising its highly skilled workforce – they have done everything they possibly can to keep staff employed through these dire times.  

“By preserving its dedicated workers they will be ready and prepared for the return of passenger and freight flights seen before the pandemic.

“GMB is calling on other employers within the aviation industry considering redundancies to follow Baxter Storey’s lead and use the Government’s furlough and Job Support Schemes to protect their workers.”