Published on Thursday, January 12, 2017

BA offers proof striking crew earn thousands more than union claims

British Airways has rubbished union claims that its striking 'mixed fleet' cabin crew are paid poverty wages.

And it claims the salaries for the staff, who have all been recruited since 2010, are in line with its competitor airlines.

The crew's union, Unite, has claimed the airline's newest mixed fleet recruits earn on average just £16,000 a year, however BA said all new crew in their first year working full time will earn more than £21,000, including pay, allowances, incentive and bonus.

It said those working full-time between September 1 2015 and August 31 2016 earned between £21,151.35 and £27,356.30.

The airline said it had offered an independent audit of its pay data over the last 12 months to support its claim that all its mixed fleet cabin crew earn more than £21,000.

Today Unite delivered a letter to retailer Marks & Spencer on behalf of its 2,900 mixed fleet cabin crew members asking the retailer to put pressure on BA to increase their pay.

The letter coincided with the start of a roll out of M&S meals on BA's short-haul services, but Unite said BA crew couldn't afford to buy the food they are expected to sell to passengers.

In a statement, BA said: "Our proposal for our mixed fleet cabin crew is consistent with pay deals agreed with Unite for other British Airways colleagues. It also reflects pay awards given by other companies in the UK and will ensure their reward levels remain in line with cabin crew at our airline competitors.

"We regularly recruit for mixed fleet cabin crew and we have lots of interest. We received more than 25,000 applications for 2,000 cabin crew roles. We have more than 1,000 successful candidates who are due to participate in one of our training courses between now and March 2017."

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  • ba crew strike is warranted

    BA crew need to stand up against bullying management and a salary which is the lowest in industry. They earn less than Virgin, Easyjet, and Norwegian. The salary BA quotes, is based on bonus that is not guarenteed and is never that high. Allowances, as per the tax office instructions are to be used out of UK on food etc, so they are not part of a salary, when it comes to mortgage or rental assessment . BA lie lie lie.. I have seen internal emails from BA, yet this is not the info they share to public, also. Many crew have listed their last P60 on line, none showing them earning over £15,000 inc allowances.

    By Steve Hutchinson, Friday, January 13, 2017

  • Unions dodgy as usual

    Union reps can't add up & can't even use a calculator .

    By Michael Anderson, Thursday, January 12, 2017

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