Showing posts with label Unions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Unions. Show all posts

Thursday, 23 June 2022

British Airways staff at London Heathrow vote overwhelmingly for strikes over pay

British Airways check-in staff have voted in favour of taking strike action in a dispute over pay at the UK's busiest airport.  The Unite union said that over 500 of its members at the airline voted by 94.7% to take strike action while GMB said 95% of its members voted for the action.

The dispute is a result of British Airways restoring the 10 per cent pay cut made during the pandemic to management but are refusing to reinstate wage rates for 'A scales' check-in staff.

Unite is now giving BA a short window of opportunity to remove the 10 per cent pay cut before announcing strikes which will cause severe disruption to flights this summer.

Unite national officer for aviation Oliver Richardson said: “The problems British Airways is facing are entirely of its own making. It brutally cut jobs and pay during the pandemic even though the government was paying them to save jobs.

“In the case of this dispute, they have insulted this workforce, slashing pay by 10 per cent only to restore it to managers but not to our members.

“BA is treating its loyal workforce as second class citizens and they will not put up with it a moment longer. Strike action will inevitably cause severe disruption to BA’s services at Heathrow.

The company has a short window of opportunity to reinstate our members pay before strikes are called. I urge BA not to squander that opportunity.”

Nadine Houghton, for GMB, said BA had "tried to offer our members crumbs from the table in the form of a 10% one-off bonus payment, but this doesn't cut the mustard".

"It's not too late to save the summer holidays - other BA workers have had their pay cuts reversed, do the same for ground and check-in staff and this industrial action can be nipped in the bud," 

British Airways said it hoped it would negotiate with the unions, but advised that any strikes would have little effect as managers and other staff - including cabin crew would be drafted into the airport to take over check-in functions. 




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Monday, 30 May 2022

British Airways staff to vote on strike action at Heathrow.......


Unite, one of the UK’s leading unions, is balloting its members employed as check-in staff by British Airways at Heathrow airport for industrial action in a dispute overpay.

The workers who are employed in the company’s ‘A scales division’, are angry that the company has restored management pay to pre-pandemic levels but refused to reverse a 10 per cent pay cut which was imposed on them during the pandemic.

The industrial action ballot, which covers around 500 staff, will open on Tuesday 7 June and close on Monday 27 June. Should workers vote in favour of industrial action, strikes are expected to occur in July when demands for flights are expected to be high.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “British Airways used the cover of Covid to brutally cut members’ pay. BA has now reversed the pay cuts imposed on management but refuses to do this for our members. This is disgraceful. Unite will not allow our members to be treated as a second-class workforce.

“Our members are rightly furious and ready to take action. A strike by our members will make an immediate impact on the service to customers so I urge BA to get a grip and restore these workers’ pay immediately.

“Unite will be giving its members the union’s complete support until this dispute is resolved.” 

Additionally, Unite is undertaking a consultative ballot of a separate group of BA’s check-in staff (described as HS2012) overpay. If the workers back stoppages in the consultative ballot, then Unite will also move to a full industrial action ballot for these workers. 

Unite regional officer Russ Ball said: “British Airways has had every opportunity to resolve this dispute through negotiations but has decided not to do so. Our members are therefore balloting for industrial action as a last resort. 

“Strike action and the accompanying disruption can be avoided by BA returning to negotiations and restoring our members’ pay rates to pre-pandemic levels.”

The GMB union is also in the process of balloting its members employed in A scales for industrial action.

 



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Monday, 21 February 2022

BARIG and Schule für Touristik Support Prospective Employees in the Aviation Industry

Vocational training, continuing education, and study programs in the fields of tourism and aviation management.
 
The recovery of international air traffic is progressing slowly but steadily. Due to rising passenger volumes, particularly during holiday seasons, individual airports are searching for professional personnel again. New employees are increasingly needed in the aviation and tourism industry in order to support the resumption of operational activities. In this regard, the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG), together with Schule für Touristik (School of Tourism) — new business partner in the section “Academic & Consulting” — supports the vocational training of future international aviation assistants. With over 30 years of experience, the School of Tourism belongs to the important educational institutions in the aviation and travel industry in Germany.

“Working within various fields of the aviation sector is particularly challenging in these difficult times, however, it also holds many opportunities for the next generation with their innovative approaches and creative ideas,” BARIG Secretary General Michael Hoppe states. “We are looking forward to cooperating with the School of Tourism and supporting students and prospective employees in the aviation industry with practical professional experience and networking opportunities within the airline community.”

Friday, 16 July 2021

WestJet Encore reaching agreement with union


WestJet Encore announced this week that a tentative agreement had been reached with CUPE Local 4070, representation for the WestJet Encore Inflight (Cabin Crew) group. Both parties now await the ratification vote to be put forward to membership.

Earlier this year in February, WestJet and CUPE reached an agreement on behalf of the WestJet Inflight team that operates the airline's jet fleet.

"For the second time this year, I am pleased to share that we've tentatively come to terms on an agreement with CUPE Local 4070. We have negotiated the first collective agreement, on behalf of our WestJet Encore Inflight group, with CUPE," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. "Our Inflight team members, who operate on our turboprop fleet, are an important and valued part of our operation. We intend to continue supporting them as they continue the safe, caring service our guests expect of the WestJet Group."





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Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Air Canada facing backlash over $10 million bosses bonuses whilst staff are laid off....

Air Canada is facing a backlash from staff, unions and regular travellers after it was revealed that top executives and managers had received $10 million of COVID-19-specific bonuses and special share purchase options in 2020, while the airline has laid off tens of thousands of workers, denied them access to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), and then lobbied the Canadian federal government successfully for a $5.9 billion aid package.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the union representing flight attendants at Air Canada calls the firm's excessive executive bonus payouts, whilst lobbying for a bailout and laying off tens of thousands of workers as 'shameless' and 'morally bankrupt.'
Mark Hancock, National President of CUPE said: "Paying out millions in executive bonuses while they kick their workers to the curb and ask the taxpayer to bail them out isn't just wrong, it's morally bankrupt, 

This company has been taking the federal government for a ride and it's our members and the Canadian public who are paying the price. It's long past time for Justin Trudeau to get a grip on this situation."



Wesley Lesosky, President of the Air Canada Component of CUPE said: "This has been a long and difficult year for our members, but this truly feels like we're being kicked when we're already down.

Our employer turned their back on us, they refused to give us the lifeline the government offered through CEWS, and then they lined their own pockets. It's just shameless. What makes it even worse is the federal government has just sat there and let it all happen."




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Monday, 31 May 2021

On International Flight Attendant Day, CUPE Flight Attendants Ask: What Is the Trudeau Government's Plan to Safely Reopen the Aviation Sector?

On International Flight Attendant Day, Canada's flight attendant union is calling on the federal government to come forward with a plan to safely reopen the industry, which has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Workers deserve to hear how and when the Trudeau government will help our battered industry rebound," said Wesley Lesosky, President of CUPE's Airline Division, which represents 15,000 flight attendants at nine Canadian airlines. The majority of CUPE’s members in the airline industry have been laid off since the pandemic grounded most flights in March 2020.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) bemoans federal government’s $5.9 billion aid package for Air Canada

The Canadian Union of Public Employees CUPE reacts to the recently announced $5.9 billion aid package for Air Canada, which it says is bad news for the carriers cabin crew and breaks the governments own commitments to staff.

"We had a commitment from the Trudeau government that any relief money for the airline sector would flow directly to support workers, and that commitment is not reflected in this agreement," said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. "This deal is exactly what we feared a deal cooked up behind closed doors would look like: it’s a year late, no transparency, and not nearly enough to support the thousands of flight attendants still reeling from the impacts of the pandemic."

"This announcement is good news for our 2,000 members still working at Air Canada and for the stability of the company going forward, but it’s tough to think this is what we waited 13 months for,” said Wesley Lesosky, President of the Air Canada Component of CUPE. "This announcement leaves over 7,500 of my members with no answers and no income supports."

The $5.9 billion aid package provides long term support for the national carrier which had been hard hit by the pandemic and the resulting downturn in passenger numbers. Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada said:  "The additional liquidity program - achieves several aligned objectives as it provides a significant layer of insurance for Air Canada, it enables us to better resolve customer refunds of non-refundable tickets, maintain our workforce and re-enter regional markets. Most importantly, this program provides additional liquidity, if required, to rebuild our business to the benefit of all stakeholders and to remain a significant contributor to the Canadian economy through its recovery and for the long term."  The airline has already changed direction on its previous refund policy for passengers that had had flights cancelled because of the pandemic, who now will be able to get a refund, thanks to the bailout.





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