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BALPA extremely disappointed that some BA pilots are facing potential redundancy

British Airways has informed BALPA, which represents its pilots, that an unspecified number are facing potential redundancy as a result of the current Covid-19 crisis.

BALPA is extremely disappointed that it has come to this, and has urged BA to work with them to find alternatives to staff losing their jobs.

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said, “This will be shocking news to those pilots who will be told that they are in a potential redundancy situation.

“While we do not underestimate the magnitude of the problem facing BA and other airlines we are extremely disappointed that a company like BA with a strong balance sheet and cash reserves has rushed into redundancy consultation.

“That said, we are reassured that BA has agreed to work with us to avoid the need for any compulsory dismissals; for us job security is absolutely paramount.

“The whole industry is feeling the consequences of the coronavirus crisis. Airline after airline is having to ground virtually whole fleets. This is the biggest crisis the aviation industry has faced in decades, and without more government support, we fear the impact will be far greater.”