In order to set an example, Mr. Walsh has said he will work for free for the month of July, forgoing his usual monthly salary of £61,000. The Financial Times reports that Keith Williams, chief financial officer at British Airways, also has volunteered to waive his hefty salary for July.
Union officials representing several work groups at British Airways were quick to point out that most of their members earned between £13,000 and £18,000 a year.
From the Financial Times article:
Mick Rix, national officer for civil aviation at the GMB, said his members could not take the proposal seriously.A Times Online article about the work-for-free scheme quoted a flight attendant who said, "We are treating it like a joke. It’s all very well for Willie Walsh, but my basic is £11,000 a year."
"Most workers may consider this request if and when the company's executives take permanent and radical action to reduce their own remuneration packages," he said
Unite, BA's biggest union, said: "Willie Walsh can afford to work a month for free. Our members can't."