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British Airways staff ‘overwhelmingly’ accept furlough deal

by LLB Reporter
8th Apr 20 2:04 pm

The Unite union said on Wednesday that British Airways (BA) staff “overwhelmingly voted for the furlough deal negotiated to preserve jobs.”

The union said 99% of their members backed the deal, in the wake most flights are being or have been cancelled.

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “Unite members at British Airways have recognised the seriousness of the situation facing the aviation sector during this unprecedented crisis, and so have voted to accept the deal negotiated by their union.

“Unite will continue to work on ensuring that members who are still flying remain fully protected.

“We will also continue to monitor the furlough arrangements throughout the coronavirus crisis.”

Thousands of employees at Heathrow Airport face being sacked if they refuse to accept a 15% pay cut over the pandemic.

Employees at the airport were told that “dismissal and reinstatement might be the final step” should they not agree.

Paula Stannett, the HR chief sent a very strongly worded memo to staff they “are not expecting anyone to opt out,” Sky News reported.

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