BA Workers Split Over Pay and Perks



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Non union workers of BA cabin crew representing less than 10 per cent of the entire UK crew have accepted a 5.9 per cent pay increase over 2 years.  The union members rejected this offer earlier this month.

The non-union members accepted the offer before the deadline, which is tomorrow.

Willie Walsh, the chief exectuive of British Airways will hold talks on Monday with leaders from the Unite union and try to end the bitter, lingering dispute.

By agreeing to the increase, one source claimed it will reduce their earnings by cutting their overnight allowances on long haul trips.

The agreement has also forced Walsh to split the cabin crew workers.

Along with the cabin crew ongoing dispute, the disruption due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland has cut the airline where it matters most, the pocketbook.

Today they revealed a 164 million pound loss over the last three months.  Although, the airline expects to break even for the year as a whole, news that has helped share value.

“Despite both reveues and cost being hit by the closure of UK airspace following the Icelandic volcanic eruption and the impact of industrial action, our financial performance improved during the quarter from underlying revenue increases and further cost reductions,” said Walsh.

Cabin crew are still disputing cost cutting plans, removing travel concessions from union members who went on strike, and displinary issues.

Walsh mentioned that since only half voted during the last pay ballot, it was encouraging.

Walsh reitereated that the offer was still on the table for Unite, even though the non-union members accepted it.

He said: “The proposal we tabled must be seen as the way forward.”

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