BA buyers working for free

8 July 2009
Buyers at British Airways are leading by example and working for free for a month. Tim Richardson, the company's CPO said the "vast majority" of purchasers will work without pay for a month, or take a month's unpaid leave. Nearly 7,000 of BA's 40,000 employees agreed to salary cuts, saving the company an estimated £10 million. We had a reasonable suspicion that this story would spark a bit of reader response, and the feedback has ranged from complimentary: "The BA strategy sounds like a very brilliant idea." To the sceptical: "Bearing in mind BA's massive losses, is £10 million not just a drop in the ocean?" The question it raises in my mind, is what is expected of procurement in these circumstances? Buyers are on the frontline of savings efforts, if they reject pay cut schemes, are they not flouting their duties? Should pay cuts contribute to savings targets?
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