Jul 28, 2020

British Airways cabin crew union warns of strike over job cuts

British Airways' cabin crew union have warned that it plans to move towards industrial action as it steps up its fight against the airline's decision to cut pay and axe up to 12,000 jobs. In a letter to Alex Cruz, BA's chief executive, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey hit out at the "Arrogance" shown by the BA boss and warned that the union would "Defend our members by moving towards industrial action with immediate effect". Last week, Balpa, the pilots' union, recommended that pilots accept a package of pay cuts and voluntary redundancies it had agreed with BA, which included voluntary working, an initial 20 per cent pay cut and the creation of a standby pool of 300 pilots on reduced wages. The agreement will reduce the number of compulsory job cuts from 1,255 to 270, out of a total pilot workforce of 4,300. In the past couple of weeks the unions have begun discussions with BA. Last month, BA proposed to limit pay cuts for cabin crew to 20 per cent of their basic salary.

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