JAL reportedly looking to cut pilot wages by 20-30%

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Japan Airlines (JAL) is pushing its workers to accept further wages cuts and reductions in benefits.

The carrier has asked its pilots to accept a 20-30% wage cut and to have wages calculated based on flying hours and other responsibilities, say news reports in Japan, citing undisclosed sources at JAL.

Presently pilots are guaranteed wages for 65hr flying time each month, regardless of how many hours are actually flown. JAL wants this system abolished, say the reports.

Flight attendants, meanwhile, get guaranteed pay for 50hr of flight time each month regardless. JAL wants this perk to be abolished as well, say the reports.

The reports add that JAL hopes to reach an agreement with six employee unions by September.

These wage cuts are on top of the 5% across the board wage cut implemented in April.

JAL filed for bankruptcy protection on 19 January and is now under-going a government-backed restructuring.