British Airways pilots have approved a plan providing for temporary wage cuts of 20% to limit dry layoffs to 270 to 270, the pilots’ union (Balpa) announced on Friday (July 31). Its members voted 85% in favor of the plan, as the airline industry collapses due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. It provides, in addition to 270 job cuts, wage cuts of 20%, which must be reduced to 8% in two years, before a return to the initial level in the longer term.
“Our members took a pragmatic decision under the circumstances, but the fact that we failed to persuade BA to avoid any forced dismissal is a bitter disappointment,” said the general secretary of the Balpa (British Airline Pilots Association), Brian Strutton. The company, which employs 4,300 pilots, initially planned to lay off 1,255 of them and lay off and then rehire the others on less favorable terms. The subsidiary of the IAG group had warned at the end of April that it was planning to lay off 12,000 people in total, or a quarter of its workforce.
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“It is an incredibly difficult time for everyone at British Airways and we are grateful to Balpa and our teams for the work they have done to secure this deal and save hundreds of jobs,” said a company spokesperson. British Airways, which faced the threat of a strike a few days ago, does not expect to return to the level of activity it had before the crisis before 2023. Air transport is one of the sectors hit hardest by the novel coronavirus pandemic and physical distancing measures to contain it, which resulted in a sudden stop of travel and especially
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