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British Airways pilots back up to 270 job cuts to avert 'fire and rehire' threat

British Airways pilots have voted to accept a pay cut as part of a deal to avoid contracts being torn up.

Up to 270 jobs will be cut as part of the agreement which averts a 'fire and rehire' threat where contracts would have been scrapped and pilots handed new ones with worse conditions.

It means salaries will be temporarily cut by 20 per cent. The scale of the reductions will reduce to 8 per cent over two years and to zero over the longer term, it said.

Union bosses said efforts will be made to reduce the 270 job losses

'Our members have made a pragmatic decision in the circumstances but the fact that we were unable to persuade BA to avoid all compulsory redundancies is bitterly disappointing,' said Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton.

Union bosses said efforts will be made to reduce the 270 job losses. The union said 85 per cent of members accepted the deal on an 87 per cent turnout.

British Airways employs 4,300 pilots. 

BA had proposed to make 12,000 staff from its 42,000 workforce redundant, with 1,255 pilots' jobs at stake.

Talks continue with other BA staff, such as cabin crew, engineers and office staff.

Last month trade union Unite threatened industrial action against the airline over plans to scrap contracts and replace them with with less favourable terms.

In an article for The Mail on Sunday in June, BA boss Alex Cruz described the 'painful' job cuts as a vital step to safeguard the future of the airline, which he said faced a fight to survive.

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