BA pi­lots fac­ing a 50% cut in wages

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Steph Spyro

PI­LOTS face a 50 per cent pay cut in April and May as Bri­tish Air­ways fights to sur­vive the pan­demic.

BA’s agree­ment with pi­lots union Balpa came as three in 10 firms could be forced to make re­dun­dan­cies, ac­cord­ing to re­search.

The car­rier’s 4,500 pi­lots will take two weeks of un­paid leave in both April and May.

Balpa and BA’s deal aims to ad­dress “the im­me­di­ate threat to the busi­ness in the face of Covid-19 and the un­prece­dented im­pact this is hav­ing on the air­line”, said a let­ter sent to staff. It added: “We are com­mit­ted to find­ing so­lu­tions and will fo­cus any fu­ture dis­cus­sions on ex­plor­ing and ex­haust­ing all vol­un­tary mea­sures.”

One in five (18 per cent) of small busi­nesses polled had al­ready lost busi­ness worth £15,000 in the past two weeks be­cause of Covid-19, said in­sight agency 3Gem.

Al­most half (42 per cent) have had to put projects on hold, while more than a third (35 per cent) said they were un­able to carry on as usual.

An­other 23 per cent said more needed to be done to avoid staff cuts.

Bri­tish Air­ways in fight to sur­vive

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