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London Heathrow Airport in the UK has announced that it has planned to cut pay for its employees amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

This measure is to ensure that as many jobs as possible are protected.

A Heathrow Airport spokesperson said: “Heathrow is prioritising the protection of jobs whilst working to keep Britain’s front door safely open for people requiring repatriation and vital medical supplies needed during this crisis.

“In order to protect as many jobs as possible, we have had to make difficult decisions to reduce our cost base, including cancelling executive pay, freezing recruitment and reviewing all capital projects.

“Last month, our union partners confirmed that their members have agreed on a temporary 10% pay cut in salary and allowances. It is only right that similar pay reductions are taken on by everyone in the business as we fight to ringfence as many jobs in the future and play our part in protecting as many colleagues as possible.”

The airport added that the airport colleagues will have to agree to the terms to ensure that there are no job cuts in the future.

The colleagues who do not opt for a pay cut will be offered a furlough option, following which they will have a voluntary severance.

Heathrow aims to retain jobs at the airport rather than opting for dismissal or reinstatement.

Last month, Heathrow Airport called on airlines and freight companies to increase their use of the airport’s quieter schedule to help in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The continuation of air freight will ensure that important supply lines stay open and aid the delivery of time-dependant and temperature-sensitive goods across the country.