UK - Amicus stewards at British Airways have today voted to recommend the revised pension proposals made by the airline, as a £150m strike threat by cabin crew hangs in the balance.
The union’s national officer, Brian Boyd, said: “Amicus has taken a realistic approach to the pensions deficit. Having considered all aspects of the proposals we have, under the current circumstances, negotiated the best possible benefits package for our members.”
Meanwhile, The Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) today called on BA to “stop trying to derail attempts to resolve the increasingly bitter cabin crew dispute”.
“BA had to admit yesterday they put out information on sickness absence which was misleading and did not represent the proposals put to them,” said Jack Dromey, T&G deputy general secretary. “Their actions delayed the start of talks to try to resolve the issue of the unfair implementation of sickness absense.”
The T&G has threatened industrial action on 29, 30 and 31 January; 5, 6 and 7 February; and 12, 13 and 14 February.
Dromey added that the union hoped to make further progress during formal talks with the airline today.
“What we need at BA is a fresh start and a new relationship so that cabin crew’s confidence in the company management can be restored,” he stressed. “We believe the true cost of the proposed way forward is £10m not the £37m suggested by BA.”
A consultative ballot of Amicus’ 6,200 members will be issued with the recommendation that members vote to accept the revised pensions offer. It is expected to take four to five weeks to conduct.
A statement on BA’s website said the company remained “committed to resolving this dispute through continued talks”. Conciliation service Acas is assisting the airline in its negotiations with T&G.
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