BRITISH Airways has signed an agreement with its pilots: 350 people have obtained the start-up and 300 others have been put in a “pool” to be rehired if necessary, The Sun on Sunday understands this.
The pact allays fears of a crippling strike – though airline bosses must convince the rest of its disgruntled workforce.
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Most of the flight deck crew members facing mandatory layoffs worked from Gatwick Airport, where BA admits that he may not return after the coronavirus pandemic.
Captains and co-pilots in the “pool” do not currently have an aircraft to operate and will remain on half pay.
Airline insiders suggest it will take 18 to 24 months before these temporarily stranded pilots return to the skies.
All other operating crew members will receive a 15% pay cut.
But once their “grouped” colleagues return, they will receive 7.5% of their wages deducted.
The rest of the salary reduction will be lost.
The majority of pilots “grouped” will be co-pilots of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
The iconic 747 fleet is likely to be immobilized forever – as revealed in The Sun on Sunday – and all fleet training and maintenance has been canceled.
For more than half a century, the Boeing 747 has been part of BA’s fleet.
The first aircraft was delivered to BA BOAC’s predecessor in 1970.
‘LAST ENTRY, FIRST EXIT’
Negotiators at the Balpa pilot union succeeded in ensuring that BA did not enact a “last in, first out” job loss policy.
The deal, pending signature, is a relief to the airline, but it has failed to convince the unions of the rest of its staff.
BA has promised workers to guarantee 80% of existing wages in the event of rehiring.
But cabin crews in the “mixed fleet” are on the rise as they will be paid less for doing the same work on the same aircraft alongside the current “global” and “euro” personnel.
BA wants to cut 12,000 employees and re-employ the rest of its 36,000 employees for lower paid contracts.
This decision was condemned by dozens of MPs and celebrities while BA used coronavirus to alleviate its results.
Critics argue that the Spanish-based parent company, IAG, has billions of revenues and is trying to buy the airline Air Europa while siphoning pieces of BA.
The Sun understands that an agreement between BA and the pilots is in place, although talks continue to work out finer details.
An insider said: “The deal is done. Balpa union negotiators are satisfied, but it has not yet been ratified by members. “
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Balpa said talks are ongoing and a spokeswoman declined to give an ongoing comment.
BA told the Sun yesterday evening, “Constructive talks are underway with Balpa to save as many jobs as possible. ”
Unite agreed to enter into negotiations with BA bosses last night over controversial airline staff proposals.
MY VIEW: Travel Editor
PREPARE for takeoff! After three long months of lockdown, we can finally fly away.
As summer storms arrive and prices for price hikes soar, millions of people will be watching the sunny beaches of Spanish, French and Greek hotspots.
Interest in travel is booming, with TUI reporting a 50% increase in bookings. The news that we can travel without quarantine from July 6 will trigger a new pent-up request.
Holiday favorites are desperate to welcome us again with open arms and socially distant.
It can be a very different experience from the fun we are used to, but the chance to save summer will be welcomed by many. With the stranger
Due to the lifting of its travel ban except essential, we will see advice depending on each country.
Travel insurance will also apply once the total ban has been lifted, but make sure you are covered for any eventuality.
Some providers will accept medical costs for Covid-19, but few will cover cancellations, so it may well be the summer of the latest breakout.
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