British Airways threatens to fire pilots, fights UK quarantine rule


    British Airways has warned it will sack all of its 4300 pilots if it can’t reach an agreement with unions over further job cuts as the airline starts a legal push to block the UK government’s 14-day self-isolation plan for arrivals starting on Monday.

    The airline told its pilots union that it would dismiss all of the company’s 4300 pilots and rehire them on individual contracts unless the union reached an agreement with the carrier. The company, which is negotiating a planned reduction of 1130 roles represented by the Balpa union, sought another 125 pilot jobs on Wednesday, the union said in an email.

    “This has seriously undermined our talks which now hang by a thread,” Brian Strutton, the general secretary of the union, said in an email. “It calls into question whether BA is even capable of conducting industrial relations properly and whether anything they say can be trusted.”

    BA has launched legal action against the UK government's quarantine plan.

    BA has launched legal action against the UK government’s quarantine plan.Credit:Getty

    A spokesperson for the airline, which is working on cutting 12,000 jobs across the company, said in an email it’s “acting now to protect as many jobs possible,” adding that “the airline industry is facing the deepest structural change in its history, as well as facing a severely weakened global economy”.