Flights emanating from London’s Heathrow Airport could be subject to flight delays and cancellations, if British Airways workers and staff decide to proceed with a strike around Christmas time – a period which is the most busiest time for British Airways and other airlines in terms of passenger numbers.
2,000 British Airways cabin crew voted unanimously to vote for industrial action in the form of strikes, in order to protest pay, the union representing the cabin crew, Unite announced.
Cabin crew workers make up fifteen percent of British Airways total cabin crew. The cabin crew refused a 2% wage increase offered to them by British Airways management.
The strike by the cabin crew could start by the 21st of December. However Unite was unable to confirm if the strike who lead to flight delays and cancellation for people travelling through the Airport over the Christmas period.
The BBC reported that the dispute between British Airways management and it’s cabin crew has been brewing for some time.
From the bbc.co.uk
Tensions have been running high over pay and conditions at the airline.
Some 79% of crew that took part in the ballot voted for action, Unite said, urging British Airways to return to the negotiating table.
The dispute concerns about 4,000 staff who have joined the airline since 2010 on “Mixed Fleet” contracts, who do not feel they are paid enough. About 2,500 of them are Unite members.
Earnings were advertised between £21,000 and £25,000 but, in reality, start at just over £12,000 plus £3 an hour flying pay, Unite said.
“Not surprisingly, the crew have rejected a 2% pay offer and on-board customer service managers are furious,” the union said.
“They do not have collective bargaining rights. The managers have also endured a six-year pay freeze.”
According to a recent Unite survey, half of Mixed Fleet staff have taken on second jobs to make ends meet, and more than two-thirds were going to work “unfit to fly” because they could not afford to be off sick.
It said 84% reported experiencing stress and depression since joining BA because of their financial circumstances.
Some even admitted sleeping in cars between flights, because they could not afford the petrol to get home.