Airlines' Financial Woes Carry Over to Workers

by  Lowrie Kenigsberg | Jun 20, 2009
British Airways plane
British Airways plane / Leit_Wolf/iStock

Following the huge net loss of airline companies in 2008, carriers around the globe are being forced to downsize or turn to increasingly creative and unlikely solutions in hopes of getting their numbers back into the black. The latest of these dubious measures is targeted towards their employees, with British Airways’ sounding a call earlier this week for workers to volunteer up to four weeks of unpaid labor in the name of salvaging company finances. US Airways is also looking for volunteers, 400 in total, to give up their livelihood for up to 16 months as a result of severe overstaffing. Do you think this is an acceptable way for airline companies to cut corners?

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