Tue, Dec 04, 2007
Possible Action Looms Over Holiday Travel
Employees at Virgin Atlantic are
mulling over possible strike action over disputed pay rates,
according to Fox Business News.
As many as 3,000 cabin crew are voting on a strike over lower
pay than other airlines, such as British Airways -- whose staff can
earn up to $20,600 per annum more than Virgin Atlantic crew working
the same flights.
Cabin crew employees rejected the company's final pay offer on
November 1, after seven months of negotiations between Virgin
Atlantic and members of the Unite crew union.
Results from a strike ballot is due this week, and will focus on
December 20 as the closing date. The union is recommending that
members vote to support an "industrial action" to break the pay
The British Airports Authority (BAA) is also recommending a
closure of their pension negotiations, also handled by Unite, and
is set to close the same day. Should this happen, the prospect of
airport and airline travel will be interrupted early next year.
"Our member's do a professional and responsible job for one of
the country's highest regarded airline and their pay should reflect
this," said Brian Boyd, Unite's National Officer for Aviation.
"At the moment Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew earnings are far
less than their competitors on the main business routes as British
Airways and clearly this is no longer acceptable to our members,"
Boyd continued. "Unite has done everything we can to avoid this
situation but we have been left with no alternative but to ballot
for strike action in an effort to get the company's to recognize
our member's contribution to the company's continued success."
Should the crews decide to strike the union will have a period
of 28-days to take action, and by law, has to give the company a
seven day notice before striking.
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