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GMB Slams BA Over Outsourcing IT Jobs

Thursday, June 1, 2017
 
Disastrous computer failure could have been avoided, says union.
 
GMB, the union for aviation workers, has slammed British Airways (BA) over a disastrous computer failure that has led the company to cancel all flights until 6pm today (Saturday).
 
BA's disastrous computer systems failure is another example of the shortcomings of BA IT systems since they made a number of staff redundant, and outsourced their work to India in 2016, the union warned.
 
Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Aviation said:
 
"We can only feel genuinely sorry for the tens of thousands of passengers who are stranded at airports  and face having their travel plans and holidays ruined.   
 
"This could have all been avoided. BA in 2016 made hundreds of dedicated and loyal IT staff redundant and outsourced the work to India. BA have made substantial profits in for a number of years, and many viewed the company's actions as just plain greedy".
 
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GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
GMB Demo At Home Office Over Tier Two Visa Abuse (15 June 2016) - GMB members employed by British Airways staged a picket line and demonstration outside the Home Office against the potential loss of up to 800 skilled IT jobs at sites across the UK.
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