Cabin crew working for British Airways' mixed fleet have overwhelmingly voted to accept a pay deal that brings their long running dispute to an end Britain’s largest union, Unite announced today (Tuesday 31 October).
84 per cent backed the deal which was hammered out in talks between British Airways and their union Unite. As a result of the pay deal mixed fleet cabin crew are set to enjoy pay increases of at least £1,404 to £2,908 by March 2018 depending on experience and subject to inflation.
The dispute saw mixed fleet cabin crew operating on long and short haul flights out of Heathrow take 85 days of industrial action earlier in the year. The deal sees travel concessions and entitlements to fully participate in the airline’s 2017 bonus scheme returned to cabin crew who took industrial action, in addition to guarantees that deductions will not be made to any applicable bonuses.
Acceptance of the deal will see settlement in full for Unite’s legal action that it was pursuing on behalf of mixed fleet crew who had been sanctioned for taking industrial action by British Airways.
Commenting Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “A great deal of credit should go to Unite members and their shop stewards in British Airways’ mixed fleet for their determination and solidarity in securing this settlement.
“Through thick and thin Unite members stuck together to secure a decent pay rise and a just resolution to this long running dispute.
“Not only does this pay deal start to seriously address long standing concerns on low pay in British Airways’ mixed fleet, but it also shows that it pays to be a member of a union and of Unite.
“Unite looks forward to continuing to work with British Airways in representing our members and ensuring the airline goes from strength to strength in these uncertain times.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.