Union chief, Sharon Graham, says new deal ‘goes some way’ to restore rewards to pre-pandemic levels

The increased 2022 pay offer arose after Unite backed industrial action for check-in staff and a deal for them was agreed after tough negotiations.

In welcoming the deal - overwhelmingly backed by BA staff - union chief, Sharon Graham, said BA still have “a long way to go to restore the trust and confidence” of its workforce.  

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “By standing strong with Unite, our members have compelled BA to table a pay rise that goes toward compensating for the pay cuts suffered during the pandemic. There is still some way to go for workers at BA to trust this company again, given the hostile manner in which they conducted themselves during the pandemic. Once again, Unite’s focus on improving jobs, pay and conditions has delivered for our members.”

The deal will see workers receive a lump sum worth five per cent of their wages in August, a consolidated five per cent increase in September and a further three per cent consolidated rise in December. In total, the newly agreed deal is worth 13 per cent on average for BA staff. 

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson added: “Like most other workers, our members in BA are struggling with the cost of living crisis. This additional pay uplift secured by the union, will immediately help offset the significant financial pressure they are facing.”


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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.