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BA cabin crew tell of life on poverty wages

BA cabin crew tell of life on poverty wages

27 February 2017

At strike HQ at Bedfont Football Club near Heathrow, two young BA cabin crew explain the misery of working for BA.

Eloise Foley: "We usually don't get any weekends off. I would not have been able to get to my Nan's 90th birthday if we hadn't been on strike."

Maryanne Cockett: "When I asked for leave to see my seriously ill mother in Australia - I was given two days! As soon as I got there I'd have to get back on the plane. British Airways don't care how close you were to different friends and relatives. You can only get time off to go to funerals of those in your most immediate family."

Eloise: "I pay £750 a month for a room plus bills. It hoovers up half my monthly wage."

The average wage amongst BA mixed fleet workers is just £1,200-1,300 per month.

Maryanne Cockett: "I pay £450 for a single room which is barely big enough to hold a bed and a wardrobe.If you stand in the middle, you can touch the walls on either side."


BA forces the crew to buy an expensive make of tights, they have to buy compulsory makeup, and a certain type of expensive suitcase.


A food bank has been set up at strike HQ at Bedfont Football Club near Heathrow to provide basic foodstuffs for striking cabin crew who will be losing 12 days pay, including flight pay which is what gives the main boost to their salaries.


Please help these young workers in their challenge to a greedy, hard-hearted company - and give to the Mixed Fleet Hardship Fund.


Make cheques out to "Unite the union" and write "Mixed Fleet Hardship Fund" on the back.


You can transfer money direct to:
Account name: Mixed Fleet Branch
Acc No. 20376387
Sort code 60-83-01
Reference MFU


They spoke to Bronwen Handyside, vice chair of the Unite and Eastern regional committee.


They spoke to Bronwen Handyside, vice chair of the Unite and Eastern regional committee - See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/ba-cabin-crew-tell-of-life-on-poverty-wages/default.aspx#sthash.9cojziTy.dpuf