Cabin crew working for British Airways ‘Mixed Fleet’ are taking strike action in their dispute over ‘poverty’ pay levels which are leading to crew sleeping in their cars between shifts. Since 2010 all British Airways new cabin crew employees join what is called ‘Mixed Fleet’, where despite promises that pay would be 10 per cent above the market rate, basic pay starts at just £12,000 with £3 and an hour flying pay. Unite has seen no evidence from the company of crew achieving anywhere near the advertised potential rate of £21,000 – £25,000 for the job.
These pay levels are among the lowest in industry and put the UK’s national carrier to shame.
A recent Unite survey lifted the lid on the toll ‘poverty pay’ was having on Mixed Fleet crew at BA. Nearly half said that they had taken on a second job to make ends meet with some saying they had to sleep in their cars between shifts because they couldn’t afford the petrol to drive home.
Elsewhere over two thirds admitted to going to work unfit to fly because they could not afford to be off sick, while a massive 84 per cent said they had experienced stress and depression due to their financial circumstances. Viewed as premier airline in the industry, Mixed Fleet cabin crew take great pride in working for British Airways. Increasingly though they are becoming fed up at being paid bargain basement wages.
With the parent company of British Airways predicting annual earnings of £4.7 billion between this year and 2020, it’s clear that the UK’s national carrier can pay the people who keep us safe while we fly a decent wage.
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Mixed Fleet cabin crew what they say
- “I can’t afford to live on the money BA is paying me. BA expects me to give 100% for them when I work, but pay me peanuts in return.”
- “Work/life balance was better with my previous employer Ryanair.”
- “I love my job, but you shouldn’t have to take on a second job to live.”
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