BA rejects pay freeze offered by union

British Airways (BA) is thought to have rejected proposals from the union Unite aimed at preventing a strike by cabin crew.

Unite is said to have offered a two-year pay freeze and accepted the recruitment of new cabin crew on different pay and conditions, during talks with BA at the Trades Union Congress.

But BA has questioned the proposals, believing that changes to the terms and conditions of new cabin crew would not deliver immediate cost savings, the Guardian has reported.

Last year Unite offered a 2.6% pay cut, and it is understood this could have been raised to 3.4%, followed by a two-year pay freeze, Sky News reported.

Unite has until March 15 to announce industrial action, and will have to give seven days’ notice of any strikes.

Last week the airline revealed that it had 1,000 volunteer staff ready to cover cabin crew shifts should a strike be called.

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