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Article from BTNews 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

EasyJet praised by BALPA

BALPA chiefs have paid tribute to easyJet management in what has been a remarkable series of negotiations between the airline and the pilot union.

In a statement last Friday BALPA announced that no pilots will be made compulsorily redundant. In June easyJet’s estimate was that 727 pilots were at risk of losing their jobs.  

Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary said: “This is a remarkable achievement which has only been possible because of three groups of people: the BALPA reps, easyJet management who have worked with us constructively during this process, but most of all the easyJet pilots themselves who have volunteered in record numbers for part-time work and voluntary redundancy to help save their colleagues’ jobs.”  

An easyJet spokeswoman said: “We have worked closely with the union to find alternative options for pilots who were at risk of redundancy and as a result we are pleased to confirm that we were able to offer part-time and seasonal contracts as well as re-location to our other bases to all pilots from the closing bases, alongside accepting 60 requests for voluntary redundancy.

“We are waiting to receive the last few signed contracts in the next couple of days and remain hopeful that this means that when the process is completed there should be no need for any compulsory redundancies.”



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