BA staff agree on pay cuts to save £10m

British Airways says nearly 7,000 staff have volunteered to work unpaid for up to one month, take unpaid leave or work part-time as part of the airline’s drive to save up to £10m this year.

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It is not known at this stage if its latest cost cutting strategy will affect its marketing plans and relationship with its agencies which include Bartle Bogle Hegarty and ZenithOptimedia.

The move follows chief executive Willie Walsh’s recent pledge to work a month unpaid after the airline reported its biggest ever loss.

It reported that record fuel prices and the economic downturn sent profits crashing, returning a pre-tax loss of £401m in the 12 months to March 31, compared to a £922m profit in the same period last year.

“This is a fantastic first response. I want to thank everyone who has volunteered to help us pull through this difficult period,” Walsh says. “This response clearly shows the significant difference individuals can make.”

Walsh says more staff could volunteer for the programme later in the year.

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