British Airways pilots accept pay cuts of up to 20% and 270 airline job losses

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British Airways pilots accept pay cuts of up to 20% and 270 job losses under deal with airline, also preventing controversial ‘lay off and rehire’ scheme

  • The British Airline Pilots Association said its members voted 85% in favor
  • There will be around 270 layoffs and temporary pay cuts from 20%
  • Pay cuts will drop to 8% over two years before falling to zero in the longer term

British Airways pilots have voted to agree to a package including job and pay cuts aimed at preventing more layoffs, their union said.

The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said there would be around 270 mandatory layoffs and temporary pay cuts starting at 20%.

Pay cuts will drop to 8% over two years before falling to zero in the long run. Balpa said its members voted 85% in favor.

Balpa General Secretary Brian Strutton said: “Our members made a pragmatic decision under the circumstances, but the fact that we were not able to persuade BA to avoid all mandatory layoffs is bitterly disappointing. “

British Airways pilots voted to agree to a package including 270 mandatory layoffs and temporary pay cuts from 20% (file photo)

The union said the package it helped negotiate responds to BA’s official notification of the loss of 1,255 pilot jobs and the threat to fire and rehire the remaining pilots under worse conditions.

A BA spokesperson said: “It is an extremely difficult time for everyone at British Airways and we are grateful to Balpa and our Flight Operations team for the work they have done to achieve this. deal and save hundreds of jobs.

“Today’s financial results show the enormous challenge facing British Airways as it grapples with the impact of the global pandemic and government travel bans, dramatically reducing travel demand.

“We don’t expect our business to return to 2019 activity levels until at least 2023, so we need to act now to reshape our business for a very different future. “

A BA spokesperson said they don't expect their business to return to 2019 activity levels until at least 2023 due to the coronavirus pandemic (file photo)

A BA spokesperson said they don’t expect their business to return to 2019 activity levels until at least 2023 due to the coronavirus pandemic (file photo)

It was reported yesterday that British Airways had announced a loss of £ 3.8 billion during the pandemic.

The owner of the company warned that passenger numbers would not recover until 2023 after dropping 93% during the pandemic.

Parent company IAG said this was down from a profit of £ 0.9bn in the same six-month period a year ago. Revenue was £ 4.8bn, around 56% below 2019 levels.

Half of British Airways’ 45,000 employees are currently on leave.

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