Unions team up to submit unprecedented joint pay claim to British Airways

BA has allowed employees to become disconnected from airline’s success, say unions.

Unite, BALPA and GMB – have teamed up to submit an unprecedented joint pay claim into British Airways.

The three unions are working together to seek improvements to pay from January 2019, as well as enhanced profit-sharing arrangements and the introduction of an employee share ownership scheme.

Negotiations with BA are due to commence in December.

In a joint statement, Oliver Richardson (Unite National Officer), John Moore (BALPA Head of Industrial Relations) and Mick Rix (GMB National Officer) said: "British Airways is continuing to deliver extraordinary financial results. In a remarkable transformation, the airline has moved from a £230m operating loss in 2009 to a £1.8bn profit in 2017, with an even better result forecast for 2018.

"BA staff made an essential contribution to this success by delivering change and increasing productivity. However, British Airways has allowed a culture to develop in which employees are disconnected from the airline’s success, a cause for concern for a world-class, customer service based airline. The joint union pay claim is designed to re-establish this connection between financial success and staff reward."