British Airways pilots have accepted a deal that will temporarily cut pay by 20% and eliminate more than 200 jobs, the pilots’ union said on Friday.

“The deal means that there will be temporary 20% pay cuts reducing to 8% over two years and towards zero over the longer term”, British Airline Pilots Association said in a statement.

“Regrettably, there will still be some compulsory redundancies which are currently estimated to be 270 although that number will fall as mitigations take effect”, the statement added.

The ballot result was 85% to accept the deal on an 87% turnout. There will be no “fire and rehire” of pilots, the union said.

UK lawmakers have previously criticized BA, alleging that it used a furlough “fire and rehire” scheme, a tactic used by companies forcing employees to accept inferior terms.

Earlier this year, British Airways, which is owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group (ICAG.L), was seeking to lay off a quarter of its pilots, according to a letter sent to the union and seen by Reuters.

Source: Reuters