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Action by British Airways cabin crew likely

Issue No. 2033

Some 11,000 cabin crew at British Airways (BA) were set to vote for strike action this week.

The cabin crew who are members of the T&G union are in a dispute over new working practices.

One senior T&G union official at Heathrow warned, “We’re going to give BA a bloody nose.”

Meanwhile BA has come forward with new pension plans.

The company is ready to inject some new money into the fund – which covers 34,000 flying crew and ground staff. But there are harsh strings.

Currently, ground staff pay 5.25 percent of salary towards their pension and retire at ages between 60 and 63.

Flying crew are currently able to retire at 55 and pay in 6.5 percent of salaries a year.

Under the new proposals, staff who want to continue paying 5.25 percent will now have to retire at 65.

And any staff member who wants to retire at 60 faces a massive increase to 8.5 percent a year. Any BA employee who wants their pension at 55 will have to pay a stratospheric 17.5 percent a year.

In a further cutback, pensions will build up at a slower rate than before.

BA indicated all unions had accepted the deal. But several have said they want to talk to their members, and meetings were taking place this week.

They should reject the deal.


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Sat 13 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2033
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