Cabin Crew Strike:

BA cabin crew strike takes off

Cabin crew working for British Airways’s ‘mixed fleet’ have begun a 48-hour strike over pay.

More than 800 people joined Unite yesterday to take part in the action, which is expected to affect both short and long haul flights from Heathrow.

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: “More and more ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew have joined Unite as this dispute over poverty pay has gone on.

“Increasingly tired of delivering a first class service for poverty pay, ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew are at breaking point over pay levels which are forcing many of them to take a second job or turn up to work unfit to fly.

“Despite British Airways walking away from meaningful talks we would urge it to listen to its ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew who work tirelessly to serve passengers and contribute massively to the success of the airline.

“With the parent company of British Airways forecasting annual profits in the region of £2.3 billion, it’s clear that the UK’s national carrier can pay the people who keep us safe while we fly a decent wage.”

Since 2010 all British Airways new cabin crew employees join what is called ‘mixed fleet’, where despite promises that pay would be 10 per cent above the market rate, basic pay starts at just £12,192 with £3 an hour flying pay. Unite estimates that on average ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew earn £16,000, including allowances, a year.

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