The paper "Industrial Relations at British Airways " is a perfect example of a business case study. The airline sector in Europe has experienced fast growth within the last 20 years. However, it has also been characterized by a lot of instabilities. The main of these have for instance included progressive liberalization. Because of this, there has been the rise of many low-cost carriers (Cento 2009). Economic hardships such as the global financial crisis also exposed weaknesses for instance low productivity, overcapacity, undercapitalization and high costs. Coupled with high prices of fuel, these factors have had a serious effect on employment and industrial relations within the sector (Staniland 2008).
British Airways is one of the largest airlines in Europe and has therefore been the subject of the pressures on industrial relations. This paper discusses the pressures on industrial relations at British Airways (BA). Pressures on Industrial Relations at BA British Airways is among the world’ s largest international carriers. It transports about 36 million travelers globally. It has its main two operating bases at Heathrow which is the largest international airport in the world and at Gatwick, both in the UK.
The company’ s franchise carriers include GB Airways, Loganair, Comair, British Mediterranean and Sun Air. These ensure that the BA network has a presence in all major airline markets (Beaverstock 2010). According to Wensveen (2011), the airline sector has been witnessing a lot of change and disruption in the last twenty years. This has mainly been because of liberalization and a rise in many new low-cost companies. This has had a lot of impact on the industrial relations and employment patterns at BA.
The employees are members of various trade unions. Their cabin crews belong to the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association. The pilots on their part are members of the British Air Line Pilots' Association and Unite the Union covers other workers. Cento (2009) explains that as a result of the change, the sector has generally had to go through much change and restructuring in the last decade.
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