As Covid-19 hit airtravel, British Airways announced fleetwide lay-off of 12,000 staff including 1,130 of its 4,346 pilots.
According to union and employee sources quoted by the "Daily Mirror", the airline flagged lay-offs to all 43,000 employees and looks to rehire 31,000 on reduced paychecks.
The plan calls for putting cabin crews from long-haul, short-haul and mixed fleet operations under same contracts offering 24,000 pound annual pay. To senior crew members this could translate into a loss of 50 percent or more of their pre-crisis salaries.
According to pilot union Balpa BA`s competitor Ryanair has proposed 20 percent pay cuts to UK pilots in addition to the 336 redundancies "saying it would dismiss and re-engage on the revised terms if agreement to the changes was not reached".
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