Unite and British Airways agree groundbreaking recogni...

Unite and British Airways agree groundbreaking recognition deal

06 September 2013

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

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

Mixed fleet cabin crew fly to destinations including Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Hamburg and Manchester. There are approximately 2,000 mixed fleet cabin crew operating out of Heathrow.

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey who has been leading the discussions with BA on behalf of the union, 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 the union has already recruited over half of the mixed fleet cabin crew and Unite will continue to encourage crew to join to ensure workers have a voice within the mixed fleet."


Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 

Notes to editors:   

  • 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.