British Airways, would temporarily be laying off 60 per cent of its workforce, amid the coronavirus crisis, which is paralysing the entire aviation industry, as per the announcement of Unite, Trade union on Thursday.
Unite, which represents thounsands of workers employed by British Airways said that it had reached a deal with the firm for using a version of the business support programme of the government for nearly 28,000 staff, assuring them 80 per cent of the salaries in order to avoid redundancies.
The union further said that there will be no unpaid temporary lay offs and no redundancies during the crisis.
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Oliver Richardson, the Unite national office for aviation said that considering the tedious circumstances that the entire aviation industry is experiencing this is as good as a deal as possible for the Unite members.
He also said that the agreement offers protection of jobs to the employees of British Airways and also protects their salaries.
The agreement would now be forwarded to the member of Unite at the British Airways for final approval.
The owner of the BA said that it would be reducing the flight capacity of the airline by 75 per cent during the month of April and May due to the coronavirus outbreak.