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Pilots urged to vote for a deal to save jobs at British Airways

BA pilots urged to vote for a deal that will lay off fewer staff but will cut their salaries over the next three years

British Airways pilots have been urged to vote in favor of an agreement that will cut fewer staff, but cut wages over the next three years.

Originally, the airline planned to keep up with 1,250 of 4,300 pilots.

But this has been reduced to 270 under the terms of an agreement that took months to hammer with unions. Pilots must vote on the proposed package by Thursday.

Agreement: The airline originally planned to update approximately 1,250 of its 4,300 pilots

Agreement: The airline originally planned to update approximately 1,250 of its 4,300 pilots

In addition to lower layoffs, the deal includes a 20 percent cut in salary for one year and an 8 percent cut in salary for another two years.

It will also create a ‘holding pool’ of pilots to be retained at a low salary and to be re-enlisted by BA as demand increases.

Pilot union Balpa reluctantly advised members to vote for the package, saying it is “the best that can be achieved under the circumstances.”

The deal with pilots avoided a “fire and rehire” strategy – which accused BA unions of trying to strike with personnel in other parts of the company.

BA said in April that it planned to drop as many as 12,000 employees. Coronavirus led to a slump in air travel demand. Airlines believe it will take years to recover to 2019 levels.

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