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British Airways seeks pay freeze

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The economic downturn has hit demand for air travel

British Airways wants staff to accept a two-year pay freeze, according to documents seen by the BBC.

The company had already announced it was looking for 3,000 redundancies among crew and administrative staff.

Talks between unions and management to agree on cost savings were adjourned earlier and should resume on Wednesday.

BA is struggling as the economic downturn continues to hurt its business. It recently asked staff to work for nothing to save money.

BA is also pushing for significant changes in working conditions.


The Unite and GMB unions said the talks with BA on its financial situation would reconvene at 1000 BST on Wednesday.

They said they were seeking "a mutually acceptable way forward which protects the long- term interests of our members, loyal BA customers, investors and the company".

British Airways has said 800 workers volunteered to work for nothing for up to a month, following the airline's request to cut costs.

Another 4,000 employees are taking unpaid leave, 1,400 people have volunteered to work part-time and a further 740 overseas workers had also agreed to the cost-cutting measures.

The airline had put the proposal to 40,000 staff.

BA chief Willie Walsh has already agreed to work unpaid in July, forgoing his month's salary of £61,000.

Unions said asking staff to work for nothing was "unrealistic".

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