British Airways pilots reach ‘agreement in principle’ on new pay deal

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British Airways (BA) would have concluded a ” agreement in principle » with the pilots union BALPA on a new contract five years and the agreement will be sent to the aircrew for vote.

Negotiations between the airline and the union had dragged on for months, while BA managed to conclude similar negotiations with the cabin crew and the ground staff earlier this year. The agreement in principle would meet certain salary reductions put in place during a pandemic and which the pilots had voluntarily accepted to avoid huge job losses.

The IAG subsidiary believes the pay deal with unions representing pilots, which it hopes will prevent any strike action until at least 2027. “We are pleased to have now reached an agreement in principle regarding the allocation of pilot remuneration for the period 2023-2027”BA said in a press release. “The British Airline Pilots’ Association will now vote with its members on the agreement in principle. » “The pay offer builds on a number of pay and reward changes being made in 2022 to support colleagues across the business at a time of continued cost of living pressures. »

According to a previous report, pilots would benefit from salary increase of 4% this year, backdated to June, followed by other increases in 1.5% in December, from 2.5% next June and other increases thereafter.

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