The country’s largest union, Unite urged Japan Airlines to get back around the negotiating table to avoid an industrial action ballot today (Monday 22 December), as cabin crew working out of its Heathrow base overwhelmingly rejected the airline’s latest pay offer.
Cabin crew voted by 82.5 per cent to reject the offer, which sees long serving crew at the top of the pay scale getting no pay rise, other than a £96 a year increase in London weighting. The lowest paid crew, on a basic wage of £9,000 a year, will only see their basic pay increase by £285 a year.
The rejection of the pay offer prompted warnings from Unite that the airline had misjudged the mood of loyal cabin crew at Heathrow and failed to recognise their important role in turning the airline’s fortunes around. Japan Airlines posted profits of just over £1 billion last year and is on track for another successful year.
Unite represents cabin crew operating on routes out of Heathrow to destinations in Japan, including Tokyo.
Commenting, Unite regional officer Simon McCartney said: “Loyal cabin crew feel totally undervalued and insulted by this pay offer, which fails to recognise their hard work on some of the airline’s most profitable routes.
“Japan Airlines has totally misjudged the mood of cabin crew operating out of Heathrow and failed to recognise their role in securing profits of £1 billion.
“Feelings are running high and the airline needs to get back around the negotiating table or face the real possibility of a vote in favour of industrial action.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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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.