British Airways pilots have accepted a ‘disappointing’ deal of nearly 300 redundancies and pay cuts of up to 20% in a bid to avoid almost 1,000 further job losses.
Airline bosses said earlier this year they planned to make 12,000 BA staff redundant, including 1,255 pilot, as the company struggles with the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
A controversial ‘fire-and-rehire’ scheme was also outlined, which would have seen staff handed new contracts ‘on worse conditions’.
However, it was announced on Friday that the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) had voted 85% in favour of 270 redundancies in order to prevent more widespread job losses.
Temporary pay cuts will start at 20% and reduce to 8% over two years, before falling to zero over the longer term.
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Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said: ‘Our members have made a pragmatic decision in the circumstances, but the fact that we were unable to persuade BA to avoid all compulsory redundancies is bitterly disappointing.’
A BA spokesman said: ‘This is an incredibly 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 reach this agreement and save hundreds of jobs.
‘Today’s financial results show the enormous challenge British Airways faces as it contends with the impact of the global pandemic and government travel bans, reducing demand for travel very significantly.
‘We do not expect our company to return to 2019 levels of business until at least 2023 and therefore we need to act now to reshape our company for a very different future.’
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