Ricky Gervais has backed thousands of British Airways workers fighting for their jobs.
The TV star, who has 14million Twitter followers, attacked the airline in a video over plans to slash up to 12,000 jobs.
He said: “BA staff are brilliant, whatever happens. It’s sad if they don’t get their reward. They are great. There are people who have worked hard all their lives and they should be rewarded for it.”
The Unite union claims the airline wants to axe its entire 42,000 workforce and rehire on far inferior contracts.
SNP MP Gavin Newlands wants such practices to be illegal. A letter sent yesterday from BA, seen by Mirror, said: “We are dedicating all our energy to saving jobs.”
MPs want British Airways to be stripped of prized airport landing slots over its “ethically outrageous” treatment of workers.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA owner IAG, has blamed the proposed redundancies on a slump in passenger numbers caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
A teenage son of long-serving British Airways workers says the threatened jobs cull is “tearing my family apart”.
In a letter seen by the Mirror, 14-year-old Elliot, from Hampshire, blasts Walsh saying: “My parents are extremely stressed at this time, and are experiencing sleepless nights.
“I am sure other families are going through the same thing, as they have now also realised the ruthless actions of Willie Walsh and his team.”
Elliott wrote the letter ahead of Willie Walsh’s appearance at the Transport Select Committee last month.
He described his parents as “loyal, hardworking employees of British Airways” who met through BA before marrying and having two children.
He added: “My mum has worked for British Airways for 36 years and my dad for 35 years.
“I know for a fact that they have always, and if given the chance to, will always strive for the best for British Airlines.”