Unite to take Bmi and BA to court
September 20th, 2010 by elisa

Unite is planning to take both British Airways and Bmi to the High Court.

The first, British Airways, will be taken to court as Unite lodge an appeal against BA’s removal of travel perks from 7,000 crew that striked earlier in the year. Bmi will be challenged for its decision to further defer agreed pay rises for 3,000 staff.

Unite’s national officer, Brian Boyd, said: “Unite is lodging a high court claim against BMI because the company owes its employees a long overdue pay increase.

“Staff agreed to defer the increase to help the company during difficult times, they are still waiting for the company to honour its end of the bargain.”

“Lufthansa – which owns BMI – is a huge airline, and employees need reward for their dedication and loyalty,” added Boyd.

Bmi says negotiations are ongoing.

The battle with British Airways has lead to Unite planning to take its case to the European Court of Human Rights for its decision to reduce cabin crew on long-haul flights, saying the airline is in breach of contract.

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