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March/April 2018
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British Airways cabin crew threaten new four-day strike

British Airways’ passengers could face another four days of strike action as the ‘poverty pay’ dispute continues.

Union Unite urged the airline to enter talks and reach an agreement to avoid further walkouts from February 17 – 20.

The strike, by 2,900 members of Unite, is in pursuit of higher pay for members of the so-called "mixed fleet".

Workers are striking in a dispute over pay for members on those contracts. They said they are underpaid and dispute the airline’s claim that staff are paid a minimum of £21,000 a year through pay, bonuses and incentives.

A BA spokesman said: "Our pay offer for mixed fleet crew is consistent with the deal accepted by 92% of colleagues across the airline, most of who are represented by Unite.

"It also reflects pay awards given by other companies in the UK and will ensure that rewards for mixed fleet remain in line with those for cabin crew at our airline competitors."

The last round of strike action resulted in just 1 per cent of flights being cancelled.

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I am at a loss to understand this - you sign a contract for work and then decide it's not enough money - were they aware of the salary prior to taking the job, I think so and now they wish to make the people who pay their salary suffer! If only Unite could interfere with those companies who have their 'employees' on Zero contracts and have real heartache.

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They entered a contract under the impression that the pay was as advertised and is achievable which it is not, in addition they are paid less than their co workers at BA (worldwide fleet) undertaking the exact same job role. They are sent to countries and told that they have to pay for all their food etc. for the period they are there (up to 10 days) which they have no control over, this cost then taken out of their salaries, burdened further by the fx rate drop we are currently experiencing. I believe they are asking BA to commit to the fixed salaries they are advertising and to contribute to the cost of their food that they have no choice to buy whilst on duty. If you take their net fixed salary and and deduct work related expenses I am sure you will find that they are probably paid below minimum wage. Most then go on to take on other jobs in their rest time (often the legal minimum - as expected from a premium airline...) to then operate the aircraft whilst jeopardising passenger safety (your safety), as BA does have no tiredness test for their cabin crew. Crew then they go on to quit and hence the high staff turnover of cabin crew at BA. For a company that is meant to represent a British Legacy, it's disgusting. BA's share price is rocketing and the CEO takes home a huge salary c.£6m, whilst the crew providing the excellent customer care (for which BA is renowned and the reason it retains it's customers) get 0% pay rise and are drawn into a job with false expectations. Then when they do strike BA submits them to harassment emails and threatens to takeaway staff benefits, which I guess constitutes some sort of punishment, even though it is illegal to punish those who undertake legal industrial action.

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I agree with above comment of Rich. I just flew british airways. The staff are fantastic but I have to say very much disgruntled by the new CEO of BA, who is Spanish and appears to be the ex president of Vueling. I need say no more. You can google about it. I am disgusted now with BA cutting out snacks on long haul flights, for being tight and letting customers wait over one hour getting stressed out completely while all the workers are serving 1st class or business in heathrow. This happened 4 april 2017. This has NEVER happened to me before waiting in line for over an hour, a repeat of vueling behaviour. They are raking in MASS PROFIT and are greedy for more and treating their staff bad. They take on new staff who are young and underpaid and then get rid of them quick so they dont have to pay them a pension plan. its really disgusting and all this has happened since the new CEO of BA has stepped in: Alex Cruz. They also have taken off all snacks in short haul flights no more free sandwiches or tea. The more they get the more they want. Greedy sharks.

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