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British Airways staff to work for free to tackle recession

business Updated: Jun 26, 2009 11:41 IST

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The British Airways has said that 7,000 of its employees have opted to take pay cuts while 800 will work for free as part of the company's measures to cut costs and deal with recession.

The company said that 6,940 employees had volunteered for unpaid leave, part-time working or unpaid work by June 24, saving the company 10 million pounds.

Willie Walsh, British Airways' chief executive, said: "This is a fantastic first response. I want to thank everyone who has volunteered to help us pull through this difficult period.

This response clearly shows the significant difference individuals can make."

The employees who opted to work without pay will still receive shift allowances and other payments, although they will forego their basic pay.

Walsh himself will draw less salary in July, saving the company 60,000 pounds.

However, employees unions have criticised the plans on the ground that its members could not afford to work for free.

Mick Rix, a spokesman of the GMB union, alleged that the company was exaggerating the scale of the crisis.