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British Airways

Issue No. 2040

Some 4,500 workers in the GMB union at British Airways (BA) are set to ballot for industrial action over pensions after talks collapsed between the union and management.

BA has been negotiating changes to its final salary pension scheme since March last year. The company published a final version last month.

In a ballot the GMB members rejected the deal by two to one. The plan will mean that staff either work for longer or pay higher pension contributions after April this year.

Ed Blissett, the GMB’s chief negotiator, said the deal was “skewed in favour of the pilots – it is not fair and it is not equitable.

“The members clearly believe that the current pension offer favours the highest paid workers in BA at the expense of the lowest paid.”

At the end of January the company narrowly averted a series of strikes by its cabin crews over sickness absence and pay scales.

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Sat 3 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2040
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