easyJet bosses were today (Monday 6 July) urged to get around the table for proactive pay talks, as about 2,000 of their cabin crew gear up for a strike ballot later this month.
easyJet management broke off talks on Friday (3 July) with Unite, the country’s largest union, which represents the cabin crew. The company is seeking to impose a two per cent pay rise for cabin crew and 2.5 per cent for managers.
The ballot for strike action will open on Tuesday 14 July and close on Monday 3 August.
Unite pointed out ‘the glaring pay disparity’ between the average £25,000 salary for cabin crew and the massive £6 million plus pocketed by the chief executive Carolyn McCall.
Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said: “We would urge easyJet to drop its high-handed approach and go back into talks. Cabin crew have worked hard to make easyJet a success enabling the company to record pre-tax profits in excess of half a billion pounds.
“At the same time, directors’ pay has soared by over 18 per cent while the chief executive, Carolyn McCall has seen her pay rise to more than £6 million - over 240 times more than the average cabin crew. The disparity in pay is glaring.
“All our members are asking for is a decent pay rise that reflects the important role they have played in making easyJet, a leading European short haul airline. We hope easyJet will reconsider its position and enter into meaningful talks.
“There is a quite considerable amount of time before the result of the strike ballot and plenty of opportunity for the management to come up with a fair pay offer – the ball is very much in their court.”
Unite cabin crew operate from 11 UK bases: Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Southend and Stansted.
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07768 693940.
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.