Some of Britain’s biggest airlines locked in pay negotiations with trade unions as they plan main cost-savings to outlive
- It is known Ryanair and BA try to push via cuts to pilots’ pay
- Ryanair pilots are being requested to work decreased hours over the winter, having already agreed a 20% pay minimize final yr
- Pilots at BA’s CityFlyer subsidiary rejected a request for an additional pay minimize
- TUC is lobbying the Treasury for an extension to furlough scheme for aviation
Some of Britain’s biggest airlines are locked in pay negotiations with trade unions as they plan main cost-savings to outlive the winter.
Ryanair and BA try to push via hefty new cuts to pilots’ pay, The Mail on Sunday understands. In some instances, pilots are being requested to simply accept salaries nearly a fifth much less.
Pilots’ union Balpa stated Ryanair wished pilots to work decreased hours over the winter because it closes its two airport bases in Belfast and slashes schedules elsewhere in the UK.
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A e-newsletter despatched final week from Balpa to Ryanair pilots, seen by The Mail on Sunday, stated Ryanair was seeking to change shift patterns so pilots work fewer days and take extra go away.
A memo shall be despatched to Ryanair pilots this week asking for volunteers to go part-time. Last yr Ryanair pilots agreed a 20 per cent pay minimize to keep away from 3,000 job losses.
Meanwhile, pilots at BA’s CityFlyer subsidiary, primarily based at London City Airport, rejected a request for an additional pay minimize in a poll that closed on Friday.
A e-newsletter, seen by The Mail on Sunday, stated CityFlyer had requested pilots to take unpaid go away that meant a 17 per cent pay minimize from October 1 to March 31, with pension contributions additionally minimize. CityFlyer axed its Edinburgh base final summer season placing 72 pilots’ jobs in danger.
BA is in talks with unions on plans introduced final week for a brand new short-haul airline primarily based at Gatwick, run beneath a separate licence, that means it may set new employment circumstances for pilots and crew.
Industry insiders counsel BA’s new airline may reduce flights in the winter months when demand for short-haul journeys is decrease.
Pilots may then be deployed to BA’s long-haul ‘winter solar’ operations primarily based at Heathrow.
In an inner letter to workers final week, BA known as any rise in prices as soon as furlough ends ‘unhealthy information’.
It stated: ‘We know our schedule and working prices for the remaining of this yr won’t add up. We’re going to need to be as versatile as attainable in terms of the best way we work.’
Sources stated they anticipated journey large Tui to start out talks with unions over winter cost-saving in the approaching weeks.
Pilots at Jet2 have taken a 30 per cent pay minimize to April.
Gatwick made a £245million loss for the primary six months of 2021 and is attempting to keep away from additional redundancies via cost-saving measures comparable to extending its pay freeze, lowering pension contributions and ‘banking’ unworked hours to be labored again at a later date.
A spokesman stated: ‘With the furlough scheme ending on the finish of September we can’t have sufficient work for our 1,800 workers primarily based on present journey traits.’
The TUC is lobbying the Treasury for an extension to the furlough scheme for aviation to keep away from ‘a slew of redundancies’.
BA CityFlyer stated: ‘We are working with Balpa to assist shield jobs, our future and stay aggressive in a a lot modified business.’
Ryanair didn’t reply to a request for remark.