A Somerset employee working for British Airways has told ITV News she feels betrayed by the company's plans to sack staff and reemploy them on reduced contracts.

She says she would be on 65% of her salary if she is 'lucky' enough to secure a job at all.

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The British Airways fleet has been largely grounded for the past 10 weeks because of Covid-19.

The airline says it is losing money and needs to lay off staff to survive, with those who stay also having to make sacrifices.

Rose (not her real name) is a flight attendant for BA.

She does not accept that the coronavirus is the reason for the proposed cuts and is angry at how she feels staff have been treated.

The ‘lucky’ few, thirty one thousand of us, will be offered new contracts with vastly inferior terms and conditions.

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The British Airways fleet has been largely grounded for the past 10 weeks because of Covid-19. Credit: ITV News

Rose lives in Somerset and is a long-haul flight crew member.

The new terms would mean she would have to do short-haul as well and therefore a daily three-hour commute to London.

She spoke to Ben McGrail:

ITV news has seen letters sent to three unions which represent 35,000 British Airways staff.

They reveal that as well as more than 12,400 redundancies, staff who remain would have to accept pay cuts and the company could suspend staff for up to six weeks a year without pay.

Oliver Richardson from Unite the Union says British Airways has taken an "appalling approach" to the Covid-19 crisis:

The union says BA must step back and stop the process, or guarantee that any changes would be temporary to allow for discussions in future.

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British Airways says it is "acting now to protect as many jobs as possible".

The airline industry is facing the deepest structural change in its history, as well as facing a severely weakened global economy. We call on Unite and GMB to consult with us on our proposals as our pilot union, BALPA, is doing. Working together we can protect more jobs as we prepare for a new future.

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Rose says British Airways has not explored enough alternatives and fears what future this could leave for thousands like her:

The consultation ends in two weeks.