Every job is tough. Even the ones that seem carefree and devoid of any real stress or responsibility. Sometimes, however, certain jobs can be particularly rough, leading to unrest amongst employees. And where there is unrest, there is bound to be a strike to follow. This just so happens to be the case of major airline British Airways.
Members of the British and Irish workers’ union Unite have recently announced that they plan to stage a strike. According to a report from Daily Mail, the strike will take place on June 16 and is scheduled to last 96 hours. As is the case with most strikes, the issue stems from compensation. The airline’s cabin crew feels as though it is not being properly paid. In fact, this strike has been seven years in the making.
According to the same Daily Mail article, a similar pay dispute that had occurred in 2010 forced British Airways to hire all-new staff. This mix of new and old staff has been dubbed the “mixed fleet” by crew members. The report states that the new crew members were paid £12,192 annually. This did not sit well with the union, who wrote the wages off as “poverty pay.”
A spokesperson for British Airways stated that the airline has already negotiated with the union. “Strike action is completely unnecessary. We had reached a deal on pay, which Unite’s national officers agreed was acceptable. We urge Unite to put the pay proposals to a vote of their members.”
Although this may seem bad for British Airways, the airline has actually managed to maintain steady and scheduled flights during previous strikes.
As the former head of multiple airlines, I truly understand the importance of maintaining a healthy and conducive work environment for employees. Workers’ strikes are not to be taken lightly. It is of the utmost importance that each and every employee feels valued and adequately compensated. I truly hope that British Airways and Unite can find a healthy and speedy solution.