BA pilots vote to accept job and pay cuts package to 'save hundreds of jobs'

The union said there will be around 270 compulsory redundancies. Credit: PA

British Airways pilots have voted to accept a package including job and pay cuts aimed at avoiding a larger number of redundancies, their union announced.

The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said there will be around 270 compulsory redundancies and temporary pay cuts starting at 20% and reducing to 8% over two years, before falling to zero over the longer term.

It said its members voted 85% in favour.

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.”

Balpa said the package it helped negotiate was in response to BA’s formal notification of 1,255 pilot job losses and the threat to fire and rehire the remaining pilots on worse conditions.

The fact that we were unable to persuade BA to avoid all compulsory redundancies is bitterly disappointing.

Balpa general secretary, Brian Strutton

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.”