British Airways’ plans to furlough more than 30,000 members of staff have been overwhelmingly approved by the airline’s Unite union members.
Members voted 99% in favour of the deal in a ballot that followed an agreement between BA and Unite to preserve jobs in light of most BA flights being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Under a modified version of the government’s job retention scheme, workers will be furloughed on 80% pay – but with no cap on earnings. The government scheme is capped at 80% pay.
Workers will be able to divert pensions contributions, of between 9% to 18%, to their pay for a short period.
There will be no unpaid temporary lay-offs or redundancies. An existing redundancy process that was already under way has been halted.