Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Airline's No-Pay Request Doesn't Pertain to Local Center; but Non-Union Workers Are Also Being Asked to Take a 2010 Pay Cut

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Airline's No-Pay Request Doesn't Pertain to Local Center; but Non-Union Workers Are Also Being Asked to Take a 2010 Pay Cut

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Byline: MARK BASCH

As the recession lingers, many companies have forced their workers to take unpaid vacations or reduced salaries as a way to save money. But British Airways PLC made headlines last week with a novel suggestion: It asked employees to voluntarily go without pay for four weeks and continue to work.

The good news is that, while the struggling airline is seeking pay cuts all throughout its operations, the four-week no-pay plan does not affect its U.S. workers. British Airways employs about 350 people at its Flytele reservations center in Jacksonville.

The London-based airline has been looking to cut costs since it reported a net loss of 358 million British pounds (about $580 million) for the fiscal year ended March 31.

"What is clear is that decisive action must now be taken to preserve cash. Let me be clear -- this is critical if British Airways is to survive the crisis we face," Simon Talling-Smith, executive vice president for the Americas, said in a recent memo to employees. …

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