Aviation

British Airways crew to strike over ‘Pov’ pay

Daisy Melwani

Some 2500 British Airways ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew based at London’s Heathrow Airport will hold a 48-hour strike over “poverty pay”.

The industrial action will be held on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 January, and is expected to mostly affect regional services.

The airline confirmed fights from its other airports, London Gatwick and London City, will resume as scheduled. According to a report on IBTimes UK, British Airways said a “very small number” of flights to and from London Heathrow will be merged during the strike, affecting passengers estimated departure times.

Despite the strike, the airline is reported as saying passengers will be able to fly to their destinations as planned, and the “vast majority” of services will commence per normal, the paper reports.

BA said in a statement: “We look forward to welcoming more than 200,000 customers onto our flights across the two days and ensuring they can all proceed with their holiday breaks, visits to friends and family or business meetings.”

“We urge Unite to abandon its strike plans which are serving only to cause anxiety among our Mixed Fleet cabin crew colleagues who do a tremendous job for our customers. We continue to be available for further dialogue with Unite.”

The strike is over pay of British Airways cabin crew workers who work on both short and long-haul flights. The union representing the staff, Unite, accused BA of not addressing the issue of “poverty pay”, referring to the discrimination in pay packages for certain ‘mixed fleet’ staff and other long-serving employees.

The paper reports Unite regional officer Matt Smith said in a statement in December: “Our members have overwhelmingly voted for strike action because British Airways’ pay rates are indefensible and the crew are at breaking point. The airline’s boss Willie Walsh has pocketed €8.8 million and the parent company IAG reported profits of €1.4 billion.

“Mixed fleet crew earn just over the minimum wage and below the national average. Significant numbers of crew are taking on second jobs, many go to work unfit to fly because they can’t afford to be sick. British Airways bosses need to wake up to the anger and the injustice here.”

“Not only are the pay rates indefensible but in aviation, low pay is a safety issue.”

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Tourism

Tourism supports 1 in 10 jobs: report

Tourism might support one in 10 jobs, but does it support us when we have a fight with our bf and need a large tub of Ben & Jerry’s?

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Aboriginal tourism toolkit for agents

by Vanessa Bussoletti

Our boss gave us a toolkit for writing better article blurbs, but we tossed it in the bin. Explains why we make such bad puns, we guess.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Which reality show is giving NSW the spotlight?

by Vanessa Bussoletti

Sadly, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ never responded to our audition video, but it seems NSW is having a bit more luck in the celebrity department.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

MTV & Contiki investigate: Are Millennials F*cked?

Upon writing this piece, we realised how profanity-filled today’s newsletter is. Not that we’re apologising, mind. It’s just an observation.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

The Big Fat Hotel Wrap

by Amy Bryant

Writing hotel wraps is making us crave room service and plush beds, and our own house pales miserably by comparison.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Melbourne ups style with funky new hotel

If it’s possible, Melbourne is set to get even more fashionable as TFE reveals its latest venture. Yes, we’re sucking up to Melbourne before we head there on a holiday.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Will travel insurance cover checked-in electronics?

by Hannah Edensor

The question of the day is, ‘Will travel insurance be there when your checked-in laptop breaks?’ That and ‘What will we have for lunch today?’

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Experiential travel big driver for visitors to this nation

by Amy Bryant

The reason we go to places is because someone’s kicked us out of the house we’re staying at rent free. Experiential travel seems like a better reason.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Alaskan flight gets own ‘Snakes on a Plane’ incident

by Hannah Edensor

We hope the pilot of the plane swaggered into the cabin and shouted, “I have had it with these motherf**kin’ snakes on this motherf**kin’ plane!” but probably not.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Latest travel advice after London terror attack

by Hannah Edensor

London has been rocked with a deadly terror attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament House, and we’ve got all the latest news and travel advice.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Adventure World’s Matt Endycott

We went all Men in Black on Matt and used tricky gadgets to extort his answers. Although we didn’t wear suits and Will Smith wasn’t there.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Sydney finally beats Melbourne as top destination

by Hannah Edensor

It’s a rivalry as old as David and Goliath, except it’s much younger and comes with more beards and coffee breaks.

Share

CommentComments