The majority of British Airways cabin crew have voted in favour of accepting a peace-deal from the airline which will end nearly two year’s of dispute. Trade union Unite and BA announced that they had come to an agreement in May which was then subject to a vote by the flag carrier’s staff.
The long running fight began after BA announced staffing and pay cuts. It soon escalated into a battle for the restoration of travel perks confiscated from those involved in strike action. A total of 22 days of walkouts last year is estimated to have cost the airline £150 million.
Under the new deal staff will get up to a 7.5 per cent pay rise over two years. This year they will receive a rise of up to 4 per cent and next year they will get up to 3.5 per cent. The agreement is linked to productivity changes. All those who had their travel perks taken away are to have them restored.
Unite’s general secretary, Len McCluskey has called the agreement honourable adding that Unite had always maintained that a resolution would be achieved through negotiation rather than conflict. He went on to say that as 92 per cent of workers had voted in favour of the deal the airline could now move on to build a bright future.
It is widely agreed that changes at the top of both BA and Unite helped to facilitate better relations between the airline and the union. BA is still to make an official statement.