Flights from Heathrow could be disrupted over Christmas after staff in mixed fleet unit reject 2% offer.
British Airways cabin crew voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes in a dispute over pay, in a move that could result in flights from Heathrow being disrupted over the Christmas period according to the Guardian Newspaper in the UK. This will be a disaster for many British holiday makers (including myself) as well as those coming to the UK over Christmas.
Union representatives will meet over the next two days to decide what action to take, with a strike possible at any date from 21 December, so if you plan to travel on or after 21 December, your travel plans could be disrupted.
More than 2,000 staff at Heathrow were balloted, with a 79% vote to strike.
What is the strike all about?
Average pay, including allowances, is just £16,000 a year for crew, according to the union, although BA said crew would normally make at least £21,000 a year with bonuses while Willie Walsh, the chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, earned a ridiculous £6.5m in 2015, and the airline group is forecasting annual profits of €2.5bn (£2.3bn), largely driven by BA.
Unite’s regional officer Matt Smith said the crew was “at breaking point”. He said: “Mixed fleet crew earn just over the minimum wage and below the national average. Significant numbers of crew are taking on second jobs, many go to work unfit to fly because they can’t afford to be sick. British Airways bosses need to wake up to the anger and the injustice here.”
BA said the airline had made an offer that would lead to basic pay and hourly duty rates increasing by a minimum of 7%.
The airline was the site of Britain’s most prolonged and bitter strikes of recent years, when cabin crew walked out for 22 days between 2010 and 2011, a dispute that cost the airline about £150m.
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