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Former minister reveals BA protest plan

21.01.07

Former government minister Brian Wilson is calling for a boycott of British Airways if ground staff in Scotland face redundancy or loss of conditions because of a proposed takeover, the Herald newspaper reports. Flybe is expected to take over BA Connect, BA's regional flights business, within the next month and a review of the implications for more than 400 ground staff in Scotland is under way.

Mr Wilson said in a letter to the newspaper: 'Over many years as a regular passenger, both domestically and internationally, I have remained loyal to BA, in the face of many provocations, for one reason above all - the helpfulness and professionalism of their Scottish-based staff. To see these people being treated so cavalierly is deeply offensive and unnecessary.'

'My personal commitment is that, if BA go ahead with their plans to replace their Glasgow Airport personnel with staff employed by a service company on inferior wages and conditions, I will use any airline other than BA for both domestic and long-haul travel.'

A spokesman for BA told the newspaper that the Flybe takeover was still subject to company law and consultation with unions had not begun on any review of the position of ground staff. He added: 'If Mr Wilson has concerns he wants to address with BA, we would be happy to meet him to discuss these.'

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