BA Unite members to vote on “revised proposals”

Unite is to ballot its members on “revised proposals on pay and staffing levels” from BA.

Unite said that the ballot will be held “as soon as practically possible”, and general secretary Tony Woodley said that members would now decide “whether this offer meets their requirements”. Statements from both Unite and BA can be read below, and full details of the offer have been posted on the Unite website.

BA cabin staff have staged a total of 22 days of strike action so far this year. The carrier’s CEO Willie Walsh recently said that he was “100 per cent confident” BA would fly a full long-haul service from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City during any future action.


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    Unite British Airways cabin crew representatives met Unite general secretary Tony Woodley and assistant general secretary Len McCluskey yesterday (Tuesday) to consider a fresh offer made by the company to end the lengthy dispute.

    The offer is the product of prolonged negotiations between the union and British Airways, assisted by the mediation service ACAS and TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.

    The representatives agreed to put the offer to a ballot of cabin crew members as soon as possible. No details of the offer will be released until they have been supplied to the membership.

    Tony Woodley said today: “Our members, who have shown exemplary solidarity and discipline throughout this long and bitter dispute, will now decide whether this offer meets their requirements. Representatives agreed that it is the best that can be achieved through negotiation in the current climate.”

    Len McCluskey added: “Unite has been determined to secure justice for its members throughout these long and complex negotiations. I am proud to have stood alongside these decent, loyal and professional men and women, who will now democratically determine if the agreement on offer provides the basis for the new relationship with BA which we all want to see.”


    The offer we have made, based on our previous proposals, is very fair and reasonable and represents a genuine solution to the remaining issues in this dispute.

    The changes we have already made to onboard crew numbers and recruitment terms for new Heathrow crew represent substantial permanent savings for the company.

    These savings have been achieved without any compulsory redundancies despite the exceptional economic difficulties of the last two years, faced by the company and the country at large.

  • The proposal from BA includes a section that Unite have to ‘stop all legal action against BA’…. I wonder if they realise they have been skating on thin ice with some of the decisions and actions during this dispute?

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