British Airways resolves flight attendant pay dispute

Unite, the trade union representing the contractors, has confirmed that 84% of the mixed-fleet flight attendants voted in favour of accepting the airline’s latest pay proposal.

Under the agreement, British Airways will provide eligible cabin crew members with inflation-adjusted pay increases ranging between £1,400 and £2,900.

It comes after a summer of BA flight disruption caused by the industrial strike action staged by Unite members following the discovery that staff employed by BA after 2010 were earning less than equivalent cabin crew that were in place before 2010.

The walkouts, which were organised as a response to the airline’s so-called “poverty pay” scheme, involved over 2,000 crew members and lasted a total of 16 days.

Heathrow was where the biggest impact was felt – many long-haul services were merged or cancelled and arrangements had to be made for Qatar Airways to handle a number of short-haul flights on BA’s behalf.

Unite recently chose to take legal action against British Airways amid claims that those taking part in the strikes were subsequently being penalised by the airline. It was alleged that British Airways and its fleet partners had threatened to remove benefits and rewards for colleagues participating in strike action.
However, the union has since withdrawn its complaint in light of their members’ acceptance of BA’s improved salary proposition.

A Unite spokesperson added that “travel concessions and entitlements to fully participate in the airline's 2017 bonus scheme [are being] returned to cabin crew who took industrial action”.

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Having assessed the airline’s proposal, Unite General Secretary, Len McCluskey rates the deal as “decent”, commenting that the pay increases will “"start to seriously address long-standing concerns on low pay in British Airways' mixed-fleet".

The mixed-fleet contracts were drawn up especially for those working on-board a mixture of long-haul and short-haul flights. These new terms of employment were introduced as a cost-cutting measure and were applied to flight attendants joining the airline after 2010.

Although the new pay deal will undo much of British Airways’ cost reduction work, the airline has stated that it is “pleased the dispute has been resolved”.

There is also the cost associated with passenger compensation claims. Two weeks of walkouts during summer holiday season was always going to lead to significant passenger disruption – If you were one of those affected, Flight Delay Claims 4 U could help you retrieve as much as £540 in compensation. Get in touch today and our expert claims advisors will let you know how much you are eligible to claim under EU Regulation 261/2004.