BA on hunt for “mixed fleet” cabin crew

British Airways is now advertising for crew to fly both long and short haul out of Heathrow, in the same week Unite announced a fresh strike ballot.

As highlighted in our forum last night, a new website – beoutstanding.co.uk – has appeared outlining BA’s new “mixed fleet” approach. And it seems one of its main aims is to recruit new cabin crew.

BA has stated that the new mixed fleet crew will operate “in addition to our existing professional teams”. These would appear to be carefully chosen words, given the ongoing dispute with cabin crew trade union Unite.

BA plans to recruit around 1,250 cabin crew at Heathrow, but on lower wages more in line with staff at Gatwick, Reuters reported today.

Earlier this week, Unite announced it would hold a new ballot of cabin crew members to decide on a third round of industrial action (see online news June 22). The union has advised BA that it has until Tuesday (June 29) to “demonstrate that it is willing to negotiate a solution”.

For more information visit beoutstanding.co.uk, ba.com, unitetheunion.com.

Report by Andrew Gough


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