United Kingdom - Union prepares court cases against two airlines - September 18, 2010

The British Airways cabin crew dispute is set to return to the courts. On 17 September, the Unite union said it will lodge an appeal at the high court over the withdrawal of travel concessions for almost 7,000 of its members who went on strike earlier this year. A Unite spokesman said: “Sadly, one year on this dispute remains unresolved. We are being forced to defend our members and their rights to just treatment in the courtroom because BA refuses to play fairly at the negotiating table." One day later, it turned out that Unite has also accused BMI, Heathrow's second-largest airline owned by Lufthansa, of breaching staff contracts after failing to uphold a three-year pay deal in 2007 that included annual pay rises. Brian Boyd, a Unite national officer, argued: “Staff agreed to defer the increase to help the company during difficult times. They are still waiting for the company to honour its end of the bargain. Staff have not had an increase in earnings since 2008” (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 May and June 2010).

English: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/sep/19/unite-court-ba-airline-dispute


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI atwww.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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