BALPA’s BA ballot takes off

BALPA members are embarking on a consultation over British Airways’ plans to fire and rehire pilots.

The union is asking 4,300 BA pilots to accept a proposal that involves:

  1. Voluntary part time working, voluntary severance, voluntary external secondments.
  2. A holding pool of the equivalent of 300 pilots employed on reduced pay ready to return to flying as demand picks up.
  3. These measures funded by pilot pay cuts starting at 20% and reducing to 8% over the next two years then further reducing toward zero over the longer term.
  4. Despite these measures, BA pilots are devastated at the prospect of around 270 compulsory redundancies although we expect this number will fall further as voluntary mitigation measures continue to be taken up.
  5. There will be no “fire and rehire” of pilots.

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: “It is hugely disappointing that during our extensive negotiations British Airways would not accept the full package of mitigations we put forward which would have avoided any job losses at all, and at no cost to BA.

“As a result there will be some compulsory redundancies amongst the pilot community and that is a matter of huge regret. Given BA’s intransigence we have put together the best package we can to save as many jobs as possible.”

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