The British Airways (BA), which is struggling with large losses due to the corona crisis, is taking a tough stance towards the unions in the struggle for extensive staff cuts and wage cuts. It increased pressure at the weekend by threatening to lay off all 4,300 pilots if there was no agreement on new employment conditions. The pilots could all be fired and then the required number individually reset.
A spokesman for the Balpa union reacted indignantly and spoke of a breach of trust. British Airways is currently negotiating the cut of around 12,000 jobs from a total of 42,000 employees. According to the union, around 1,250 pilot jobs will be cut.
BA wrote in an email that the aviation industry was in the deepest structural crisis in its history. Mass layoffs of more than 50,000 jobs have been announced across the industry in Europe alone. Deutsche Lufthansa will cut 10,000 jobs. In addition to BA, the British airlines Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair, based in Ireland, have announced significant job cuts.
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