Strike confirmed for 3,000 BA staff

The
GMB has confirmed that approximately 3,000 British Airways staff will strike in
a row over pay.

Check-in
staff will take industrial action after the union turned down a three-year pay
offer worth 8.5 per cent, or 10.5 per cent if it does not count towards
pensions.

The
decision was made a by a majority of 53 per cent of the vote, but less than
half the members balloted actually turned out.

Allan
Black, the GMB’s national officer for civil aviation, said: “Our demands are
not great. After all, our members’ pay is not great, by any stretch of
boardroom imagination – £12,500 basic for check-in staff, many of them women
balancing a stressful service job with caring commitments at home. [It] is not
a lot when you consider that some in the BA boardroom are rubbing their hands
over half a million pounds a year.”

BA
told its staff in a letter last month that going on strike would
"seriously damage" the company.

By Michael Millar

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