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British Airways set to suspend 36,000 staff amid virus pandemic

by LLB Reporter
2nd Apr 20 8:53 am

It has emerged that British Airways (BA) are set to announce they could suspend 36,000 staff as a result of coronavirus.

It has been reported that a deal has been met with Unite union and the airline, which includes cutting 80% of cabin crew, head office staff and ground crew, temporarily.

John Strickland, independent aviation analyst, said “tough negotiations” between BA and the Unite union, has taken a while to reach an agreement.

He said, “The pilots’ deal for half pay was concluded rather earlier, I guess there was a recognition as to just how serious that issue was.”

The International Air Transport Association expects airlines to rack up losses of almost $40bn (£32.3bn), over the next three months.

International Airlines Group (IAG), who own BA are in a better financial position than some of its competitors.

EasyJet staff are now out of work for three months and many Virgin Atlantic staff have also been suspended for two months.

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