Anger over BA recruitment drive
June 25th, 2010 by elisa

Now the news has broken that British Airways is putting on a recruitment drive for 1,250 Heathrow cabin crew at lower salaries than existing staff (see previous blog), Unite Union has reacted by saying that the advert will not persuade its current staff that BA is looking to resolve the continued dispute which has caused strikes throughout the past month and may cause more in August.

It’s reported that new recruits will be paid less than half the salaries currently paid to long-haul crew at Heathrow. They will earn about £13,800, while current crew earn up to £35,000 on long-haul flights and £26,000 for short-haul.

Under the new contracts Heathrow cabin crew would fly a mixture of short and long-haul flights, rather than choose one or the other.

The move will bring Heathrow costs in line with competitors, BA said.

Aside from this, BA have today made a revised offer to Unite including a new top-up payment to guarantee that existing crew would not lose out on route allowances when newly-recruited crew begin flying in the autumn and two years of guaranteed rises in basic salary from February 2011 in addition to annual increment pay increases.

Unite joint general secretary, Derek Simpson responded to the new offer by saying: “While we are not at all optimistic this this offer provides a basis for resolution of the dispute, we will of course be considering it and consulting with our cabin crew representatives before making a formal response.”

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