BA pilots to accept pay cut?

June 19: The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has agreed a draft pay and productivity package with British Airways to help the airline back to profit.

The package will see pilots take a wage cut of 2.6% from October, together with a 20% cut in allowances, an increase in duty hours, the delivery of shorter turnaround times on short haul flights and reductions to crew arrangements on certain long haul routes. This will generate savings to BA of £26 million a year.

In return, pilots will benefit from a long term incentive scheme – from June 2011 they will be eligible to receive BA shares if targets are met. “This is a unique agreement,” said BALPA General Secretary Jim McAuslan. “We have always said that as a union we would share the pain if our members shared in the gain.”

The package will be put to the vote of all BALPA members within BA and the result known within three weeks.

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