Examination of Witnesses

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:28 pm on 23rd February 2012.

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John Moloney: The current proposal is that everybody who is around at the time—that is the important point—will transfer en masse under the transfer scheme proposed in the Bill, so in theory, nobody will lose their job. However, there is a worry about our administrative staff. At the moment we have security inspectors. There is a core of policy makers who draft various regulations that people then use and implement. There is also a small admin team of people who deal with travel assistance and so on. The CAA is thinking of moving out of London, as far as we can see. So what happens to all the London-based staff? The inspectors are mobile across the whole country, so it is no problem for them. In essence, their home base is their home. There is a potential threat that they will lose their jobs because the CAA will say, “We’ve got our own administrative staff. As for the policy makers, can you all move to Heathrow or Gatwick because that is our main area of operations?” People will probably say no, and so will lose out.

As I said, the security inspectors and everybody else will move en masse but, as we flagged up in our evidence, our real worry is that with such a long lead-in there is a clear possibility that people will lose redundancy money. In other words, it is not contractual. In those circumstances people will try desperately to get out before the transfer. They have two years to do it. So the current cadre of dedicated, experienced people could be denuded and people nearing retirement might decide to take early retirement, rather than take a risk. So it is a complex picture, but I hope that has answered your question.