UK: BA awaits ballot verdict on pay offer

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Ballot results on a new pay and conditions offer put to 11 000 members of Unite by British Airways are due later today. Cabin crew have been offered a rise of 2.9% in 2011 and 3.0% in 2012, as well as assurances that staff who have gone on strike will not be ‘victimised’, a partial-reinstatement of travel perks and the possibility of work at Gatwick airport being increased..

The Bassa branch of Unite which represents cabin crew welcomed the pay offer, but criticised the withdrawal of additional benefits to staff travel discounts which accrue according to length of service for those involved in industrial action. Bassa also highlighted the ‘vastly reduced’ terms and conditions for new joiners and continuing redundancies.

The dispute originally centred on cabin crew reductions and escalated after travel concessions for striking employees were taken away. 22 days of strikes since March 2010 are estimated to have cost BA over £150m