In the next two years, an additional 8 percent cut in wages will be added. Pilot union BALPA calls it “a pragmatic decision.” Of the pilots who cast their vote, 85 percent support an agreement that their union has concluded with the airline.
British Airways, like other companies in the sector, has been hit hard by the corona crisis. The company wants to fire 12,000 employees. The management also had the plan to lay off staff and hire them again on less favorable terms of employment.
That plan is now off the table, according to the union. BALPA also calls it a ‘bitter disappointment’ that forced redundancies at the company cannot be prevented. 1,200 pilot jobs are still at risk.
Submitting a salary also plays a role at KLM. The Dutch government, which wants to keep the company afloat with financial support, also demands that employees who earn three times an average or more yield 20 percent wages. The KLM pilots are not yet prepared to do so.