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Cabin crew facts

Things the media attacks on BA cabin crew won't have told you

Issue No. 2193

  • Over three quarters of cabin crew earn less than £20,000 a year (less than the average London wage).
  • Many rely on tax credits or second jobs to survive.
  • Cabin crew wages fell by over 4 percent in real terms between 2001 and 2008.
  • BA cabin crew earn more than some crew at other airlines. It is right to fight to level wages up, not down.
  • Cabin crew saved a man’s life in New York last week by applying emergency medical treatment. BA wants to put scabs on planes with only a few days’ training which will risk lives.

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