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Published on Monday, October 17, 2016

CityJet cabin crew to strike this week

CityJet cabin crew have announced five days of strike action from Thursday in a dispute over pay.

The move could affect the airline's flights from London City airport.

Unite the Union said 84% of the airline's cabin crew had voted to strike over 'an array of issues' including roster agreements, pay and allowances.

The five days of industrial action will start at 5am on October 20 until midnight on October 21, and again at 5am on October 24 until 10pm on October 26.

The union said the major factor was the loss of overnight allowances in Amsterdam when the airline opens a base in the city, along with the impact of lost income from the reduction in flights.

Unite is seeking compensation for the loss of earnings and a guarantee of job security given the charges that the Dublin-based airline is proposing.

CityJet's cabin crew were voted European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) Airline of the Year Cabin Crew.

Unite regional officer Jo Jaques said: "Our award winning cabin crew members are on modest incomes and they rely on the allowances to boost their wages.

"The strike will cause severe disruption to the mainly business travellers who use London's City airport.

"The fact that Unite members in Dublin have also been forced to take industrial action because of the company's refusal to go to the Irish Labour Court indicates a worrying pattern of behaviour by CityJet.

"It is our view that the company is not taking its employees' position seriously. We call on CityJet to come up with serious proposals to address the members' concerns and recognise that the hardworking cabin crew have to live near City airport to get to work on time.

"The management needs to recognise that London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in."  

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