Brussels Airlines pilots willing to cut 45% of their wages
In an open letter, solutions to save the carrier and jobs
The Belgian press reports this in these hours, which publishes parts from the open letter issued by the pilots of the Brussels Airlines company, also in serious difficulties due to the stop to air transport due to the pandemic emergency. In the letter, addressed to the management, the government and the institutions in charge, drawn up with the support by the three main trade unions in the sector, the pilots provide a series of proposals that also include cuts, including a 45% reduction in their own salary up to to 2023.
The planes are on the ground; there is no revenue, but the airline must continue to support costs, and according to some, there will be no liquidity by the end of this month, say these air professionals. That while waiting for the outcome of the talks currently underway between the top management of the company, the German parent company Lufthansa and the Belgian government to try to buffer a disastrous situation that sees at least 1000 jobs at risk (300 immediately), they raise the alarm: "Without financial help from Lufthansa and the Belgian State, we have no chance of surviving", they say.
To try to save as many jobs as possible, therefore, among the solutions, the reduction of the salary, which would allow to keep more on board personnel, which would also reduce the dismissal allowances for a total of EUR 22 million saved immediately. In conclusion, according to what "vrtNws" writes it, the pilots have calculated that their efforts could save the carrier up to EUR 100 million by the fateful date of 2023 -year in which it is hoped for a return to normal-. In this way they hope that no pilot will be fired.
A decade ago the company, which after stopping normal operations on March 21, lost EUR 1 million a day, had announced a restructuring plan which in an attempt to survive the crisis involved the layoff of around a quarter of its staff, the reduction of the aircraft fleet by about a third, and the cut of several destinations in its network.
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