British Airways Reaches Long Awaited Agreement With Cabin Crew


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British Airways Reaches Long Awaited Agreement With Cabin Crew

By Daniel Baxter

May 16, 2011 - Unite the union and British Airways have reached an agreement to resolve the long-running cabin crew dispute at the airline, the union announced. The agreement is to be put to a ballot of Unite cabin crew members over the next month, with a union recommendation for acceptance. In the meantime, the union has decided not to call any industrial action at the airline based on its present ballot mandate. 

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, who led negotiations for the union, said today: ?We always said that this dispute could only be settled by negotiation, not by confrontation or litigation. And so it has proved.  

?We are delighted to have reached an agreement which I believe recognizes the rights and dignity of cabin crew as well as the commercial requirements of the company. This agreement will allow us to go forward in partnership together to strengthen this great British company - good news for BA, its employees and its customers alike.

?I am particularly pleased that staff travel concessions will be restored in full with the signing of the agreement and the implementation of the new structure for working together that we have negotiated. A customer-oriented business can only succeed with all its employees valued and respected. 

?And above all I would like to pay tribute to Unite?s BA cabin crew members.  Their resilience, discipline and determination to be treated properly has been an inspiration to all who have worked alongside them in this dispute and has been a model of twenty-first century trade unionism. They deserve this agreement and the prosperous future at British Airways I hope it secures.? 

It appears that the British Airways cabin crew is on the right track of mutual understanding and respect with the new British Airways CEO, Keith Williams after a turbulent relationship with the former CEO Willie Walsh who was responsible for generating great deal of turmoil for the struggling air carrier.  

BA cabin crew went out on strike several times during 2010 as a result Walsh?s negative tone toward labor relations and outsourcing of labor which resulted in numerous flight cancellations, delays, an erosion of customer satisfaction and had put the merger of British Airways and Iberia Airlines in jeopardy.


In January 2011 British Airways merged with Iberia (BA-Iberia), Walsh was appointed as CEO of International Airlines Group the parent company to BA-Iberia and Williams became CEO of British Airways. The key issues that the union members were looking to get behind them were:  

1. The immediate restoration of staff travel concessions, in full, to the crew from whom they were taken.  

2. Binding arbitration, through ACAS, of all cabin crew disciplinary cases related to the original dispute.  

3. The restoration of all earnings docked from crew who were genuinely off sick during strike dates.  

4. Full and proper discussion of the trade union facilities agreement at the company with the immediate removal of all threats and sanctions made by the company in relation to this.  

5. The immediate cessation of actions taken against elected representatives of cabin crew, including; victimization; intimidation and exclusion.  

6. The introduction of mixed fleet on different terms and conditions without agreement with the union.  

7. The discrimination applied to union members in the allocation of part time contracts and transfers in breach of the Ops and Choice framework.  

8. The company's continued and specific disregard for necessary union agreement in advance of any application of the disruption agreement.
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