British Airways pilots vote to simply accept jobs deal

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British Airways pilots have voted to simply accept a deal that can quickly minimize pay by 20% and remove 270 jobs, says the pilots’ union Balpa.

The deal prevents a controversial “fire and rehire” scheme the place employees would have been handed new contracts “on worse conditions”.

The 20% pay cuts will cut back to eight% over two years and to zero in the long run.

The poll consequence noticed 85% of members settle for the deal on an 87% turnout.

“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,” mentioned Balpa normal secretary Brian Strutton in an announcement.

BA had proposed to make 12,000 employees redundant, because it struggles with the affect of the coronavirus pandemic, with 1,255 pilot jobs at stake.

Balpa mentioned there would nonetheless be some obligatory redundancies, estimated at 270 jobs, though that quantity is “likely to fall” as BA will likely be working with the union to mitigate the affect of the adjustments.

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Media captionWillie Walsh mentioned the affect of the pandemic had led to unprecedented ranges of disruption within the air trade

On 28 July, commerce union Unite threatened industrial motion in opposition to the airline “with immediate effect” over plans at hand employees their discover after which rehire them on new contracts with unfavourable phrases.

Talks with different BA employees, comparable to cabin crew, engineers and workplace employees, are nonetheless persevering with.

Many airways are struggling to outlive because the pandemic severely disrupts international travel.

The plunge in travel will drive airline losses of greater than $84bn (£66bn) this yr, the International Air Transport Association has warned. It mentioned final month that 2020 revenues would drop to $419bn, down 50% from 2019.

BA has insisted that it’s doing its greatest to save lots of jobs. On Thursday, Willie Walsh, the boss of BA proprietor IAG advised the BBC that the coronavirus disaster was the worst the corporate has confronted in its historical past.

IAG reported a lack of €4.2bn (£3.8bn) for the primary half of the yr, and Mr Walsh mentioned it might take till at the least 2023 for passenger ranges to get well.

However, there’s anger from employees over the best way wherein BA has approached job cuts, in keeping with the BBC’s enterprise correspondent Theo Leggett.

For cabin crew, there’s not solely the specter of redundancy, but additionally the opportunity of massive pay cuts for long-serving employees – in some instances of greater than 50%.

Many of these affected imagine the corporate is utilizing the present disaster to power by adjustments it has needed to make for years.

Longer-serving crew at BA have contracts that are, by fashionable requirements, comparatively beneficiant. They date again to an period when the airline trade was much less ferociously aggressive, earlier than the emergence of price range carriers comparable to Ryanair and Easyjet pressured older airways to chop prices and alter their enterprise fashions.