British Airways pilots vote to accept employment deal

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British Airways pilots have voted to accept a deal that will temporarily cut wages by 20% and cut 270 jobs, the pilots union Balpa said.

The deal prevents a controversial “layoff and rehire” program where staff are said to have been given new contracts “under worse conditions”.

The 20% pay cuts will drop to 8% over two years and zero in the long run.

The ballot result saw 85% of members accept the deal with an 87% turnout.

“Our members took a pragmatic decision under the circumstances, but the failure to persuade BA to avoid all mandatory layoffs is bitterly disappointing,” Balpa General Secretary Brian Strutton said in a statement. communicated.

BA had offered to lay off 12,000 employees as it battles the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with 1,255 pilot jobs at stake.

Balpa said there would still be mandatory layoffs, estimated at 270 jobs, although that number is “likely to decline” as BA will work with the union to mitigate the impact of the changes.


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Media captionWillie Walsh said the impact of the pandemic has resulted in unprecedented levels of disruption in the airline industry

On July 28, the Unite union threatened industrial action against the airline “with immediate effect” over plans to give staff notice and re-hire new contracts on unfavorable terms.

Discussions with other BA staff, such as cabin crew, engineers and office staff, are still ongoing.

Many airlines are struggling to survive as the pandemic severely disrupts global travel.

The fall in travel will result in airline losses of more than $ 84 billion (£ 66 billion) this year, the International Air Transport Association has warned. He said last month that 2020 revenue would drop to $ 419 billion, down 50% from 2019.

BA insisted she was doing her best to save jobs. BA IAG owner’s boss Willie Walsh told the BBC the coronavirus crisis was the worst the company has faced in its history on Thursday.

IAG reported a loss of 4.2 billion euros (£ 3.8 billion) for the first half of the year, and Mr Walsh said it would take at least 2023 for passenger levels are recovering.

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