15 August, 2020

Over 100 pilots to lose their jobs at Jet2

Jet2 is set to shed at least 100 pilot positions from the company soon according to pilots union BALPA after the carrier rejected the latest alternative jobs retention proposal.

The airline and holiday company has faced a tough few months recently following the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Back in June, the union was negotiating with the company based in Leeds over the loss of 102 pilots.  This weekend, the union has, reports PA media, that Jet2 is going ahead with the redundancies.

BALPA has put several other options to the company, which have not been accepted and the airline will continue with the job losses the union advises. General secretary Brian Strutton said: "This announcement is yet another which shows the desperate state of the British aviation sector. Despite enormous efforts to work with Jet2 to find ways of saving these jobs, the airline is insisting on 102 redundancies. This will be a particular kick in the teeth as many of those who may lose their jobs have recently joined the airline after having been dismissed from Thomas Cook which went into administration last year."

Strutton continued the union's demand for more support from the government,   "The Government has a significant role to play in supporting the vital British aviation industry. -  the Government must stump up the support to help the airline industry which is doing its best to get back on track but keeps being knocked back at every juncture."

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