BA and Unite come to an agreement
May 16th, 2011 by elisa

I’m sure many wondered whether this day would come, but it appears that the long-running dispute between cabin crew union Unite and British Airways has been settled!

Unite leader Len McCluskey called BA’s latest offer “an honourable settlement”. Under the deal, cabin crew will get a 2.9% pay rise this year and 3% next year. However, the wage rises follow two years of pay freezes, and are linked to productivity savings, staff cuts and lower starting pay for new recruits – all of which the union had attempted to block.

BA has agreed to reinstate the travel perks withdrawn from striking workers, and existing staff have been promised bonus pay rises of up to 1.1% this year and 0.5% next if they can agree other cost-saving initiatives by 1st July. Union members dismissed for reasons related to the dispute and have not had their cases heard by an employment tribunal, may have their cases heard through the ACAS arbitration scheme.

“We always said this dispute could only be settled by negotiation, not by confrontation or litigation,” said McCluskey.

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement which I believe recognises the rights and dignity of cabin crew as well as the commercial requirements of the company.

“This agreement will allow us to go forward in partnership. I am particularly pleased that staff travel concessions will be restored in full with the signing of the agreement.”

The new offer will now be put to Unite members for a vote with the results expected in June. The threat of strike action has been removed for now however.

“We are very pleased the threat of industrial action has been lifted and we have reached a point where we can put this dispute behind us.” said a BA spokesperson.

“Our agreement with Unite involves acknowledgement by the union that the cost-saving structural changes we have made in cabin crew operations are permanent. We have also agreed changes that will modernise our crew industrial relations and help ensure this kind of dispute cannot occur again.”


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