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07 November 2013

Unite has agreed a groundbreaking recognition deal with British Airways (BA) for the airline’s mixed fleet cabin crew. 

The deal was agreed by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey and British Airways chief executive Keith Williams. It covers terms and conditions including pay, holidays and hours of work for all current and future cabin crew at British Airways working on European and long-haul routes.

Around 2,000 BA mixed fleet cabin crew operate out of Heathrow. They fly to destinations ranging from Los Angeles to Tokyo, as well as on short haul routes such as Hamburg and Manchester.

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey, who led the discussions with BA, said: "I'm delighted that Unite and British Airways have agreed this groundbreaking recognition deal for BA's mixed fleet. The union and the company worked positively together to put the finishing touches to the agreement.

"Cabin crew have already seen the benefits of the recognition deal including a substantial increase in holiday pay entitlement. It's no surprise that Unite has already recruited over half the mixed fleet cabin crew and we will continue to encourage crew to join to ensure workers have a voice within the mixed fleet."

Unite regional officer, Matt Smith, added “I would like to thank all our reps and members for their hard work which has encouraged many mixed fleet crew to join Unite over a short period of time. After negotiating the holiday pay deal and other improvements for our members, we now look forward to welcoming the remaining 1,000 non-member crew into the Unite family. We will continue our efforts to improve the working lives of all our members in British Airways mixed fleet.”

For further information contact Unite London & Eastern Region - Geoff Ellis on 020 8800 4281

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.