The airline, which has already confirmed plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs, including 1,130 pilots, said it has started consultations with colleagues.
In a letter sent to staff a fortnight ago, British Airways defined new general conditions following the coronavirus pandemic.
It has now emerged that workers are also receiving layoff notices – which are scheduled to end on June 15.
BA’s cabin crew is divided into three parts: long-haul (heritage), short-haul (heritage) and a new, less-paid mixed fleet that operates long-haul and European flights.
However, the airline is currently in talks to bring everyone together into one working group at a lower salary.
Long-haul flight attendants based at London Heathrow will see the estimated salary cuts between 50% and 75%.
And those who refuse to sign could be fired.
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Most senior crew members – customer service managers – are currently around £ 35,000, while some team leaders – customer service managers – can earn up to £ 80,000 a year. Meanwhile, the crew of the mixed fleet earns between £ 23,000 and £ 28,000 a year.
Under proposed terms, this could be rationalized to £ 24,000 for all.
“On June 15, I will be laid off from the position I love after 34 years of loyal service. Layoff notices are to be sent to 43,000 of my colleagues: the entire staff, “wrote a British Airways employee on Facebook.
She said the airline was preparing to let go of the workers and then re-hire them at a lower rate.
“31,000 lucky former employees will then be offered a new job on a much lower contract that the company has wanted to apply since 2010. For me, this would represent a 60% reduction in wages. “
A spokesperson for British Airways could not refute the allegations.
A British Airways statement said: “We are taking action now to protect as many jobs as possible. The airline industry is facing the most profound structural change in its history, as well as a severely weakened global economy.
“We are committed to openly consulting our unions and our employees as we prepare for a new future. “
The airline is already preparing to cut 12,000 jobs despite the fact that its owner has distributed £ 3.6 billion to shareholders in five years.
Sam Tarry, Labor MP for Ilford South, said: “They choose older and older crews, employees of 10, 20, 30 years. People have given their lives to this business … the shareholders have done a very brilliant job for a long time. “
Unite secretary general Len McCluskey has accused BA of using the crisis as a cover to cut jobs and wages.
He said: “No other employer has threatened to effectively” fire and re-hire “all of its staff. Meanwhile, BA paid billions to shareholders and took taxpayers’ money.
“It is nothing more than a cynical act of corporate greed and betrayal of the workforce and Britain. “