Watch: Protesters against British Airways job cuts target York bank

The protest outside HSBC on Parliament Street in York. Photograph: Richard McDougall
2 Jul 2020 @ 7.38 pm
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Campaigners fighting mass job cuts made some noise in the centre of York today (Thursday).

Members of the Unite union took to Parliament Street to protest against the actions of British Airways.

They say BA is the only company attempting to fire nearly all its 42,000 staff and re-hire on drastically slashed pay and conditions.

Holding a banner saying ‘British Airways – Stop Betraying Britain’, the demonstrators targeted HSBC bank.

They want HSBC, an investor in BA, to put some pressure on the airline to change its stance.

“HSBC is a corporate customer to British Airways. British Airways are going to sack 42,000 staff and re-employ 30,000 staff on worse terms and conditions,” said Catherine Anderson of Unite.

“So we are putting pressure on HSBC as a corporate client to contact British Airways on our behalf, and demand that they come back to the negotiating table to enter into meaningful negotiations with the Unite union.”

She said their protest had won a lot of “tremendous public support” and urged people to write to their MP and ask them to get involved.

You can learn more about the campaign on the website here.