BA crew extend STRIKE over ‘poverty pay’ to August bank

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BA crew extend STRIKE over ‘poverty pay’ to August bank

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British Airways crew extend STRIKE over ‘poverty pay’ to August bank holiday
Claudia Cuskelly
Fri, Aug 4, 2017

British Airways cabin crew will strike again in the latest action over an ongoing wage dispute.

Mixed Fleet workers, who claim they are working for ‘poverty pay’, are already in the midst of a walkout which began on August 1.

The two week period will finish on August 15, but now they have announced another strike the following day.

Beginning on Wednesday August 16, the fresh walkout will run through until August 30, covering the August bank holiday on the 28th of the month.

The strikes have been organised by the Unite union, which wants to “hammer out a deal” to resolve the dispute.

Unite’s national officer Oliver Richardson said: “Strike action will continue until the end of August unless British Airways hammers out a deal with Unite to resolve this dispute.

“The airline needs to get around the negotiating table and start recognising that punishing low-paid workers fighting for fairer pay is no way for a ‘premium’ airline to behave.

“The offer to reinstate travel concessions for striking workers is half-hearted and fails to deal with the money British Airways has taken away from low-paid workers.”

A spokesperson said: “​As we have done in previous periods of industrial action we will ensure our customers reach their destinations.

“More than three months ago Unite agreed that our pay deal was acceptable but have since refused to ballot their members on it.

“Last week we took the significant step of offering to return staff travel to crew who had been on strike, which was the biggest outstanding issue in the dispute, in order to bring the dispute to an end.

“Unite has now chosen to reject this offer and call yet more strikes.”

Mixed Fleet staff were offered £21,000 - £25,000 annually when the roles were offered from 2010 onwards.

Unite claims crew actually earn about £16,000, but BA says they earn at least £21,000.

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