BA in union talks to 'suspend' 32,000 staff - soure

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British Airways is expected to announce it will suspend 36,000 staff, from cabin crew to ground staff, engineers and head office employees, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trade union GMB said on Thursday: "GMB and our sister union Unite have fought hard to secure members terms, conditions and job security".

The deal is expected to involve 80 per cent of its 45,000 workforce, excluding pilots, and will not involve any redundancies.

BA flights from London Gatwick were already being pared back, with Jersey Airport advising that "due to the current situation BA Jersey/Gatwick services will be suspended as from Tuesday 31 March until end of April". He added that 60 percent of workers are receiving training on things like how to deal with travelers.

A spokesperson for Unite said: "Unite has been working around the clock to protect thousands of jobs and to ensure the United Kingdom comes out of this unprecedented crisis with a viable aviation sector".

"Due to the considerable restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines, we will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick", a BA spokesman said at the time.

It is expected to use the United Kingdom government's Job Retention Scheme to pay for up to 80% of wages, capped at £2,500 ($3,071) a month. The airline has postponed the work of the two locations until the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

On Monday, airline EasyJet grounded all of its 330 planes, without specifying a date of return.



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