BA cabin crew settle longest airline dispute in UK aviation history


It started 11 months ago in December 2016 with BA adamant that their “mixed fleet” staff, who work both short and long haul and make up around 15% of their cabin crews, earnt £21,000-£27,000 ($27,800-$35,700) annually. This was blatantly untrue and everyone inside and outside of BA knew it.

Salaries were actually as low as £12,000, plus £3 an hour flying pay, taking the total to around £16,000. The pay deal was resolved by August and on OCtober 31st staff had voted to accept a pay deal that would give them salary increases of £1,404 to £2,908 ($1,862 to $3,859) by March 2018.


The reason it carried on until October was BA’s refusal to reinstate travel and other concessions for those who went on strike. The strike cause BA to wet lease Qatari A320’s – a treat for BA passengers unused to such luxury. BA has now agreed to reinstate the concessions and travel benefits, allowing the dispute to come to an end. Unusually, BA eventually giving in, realising that it was on a low road to poor public perception and a determined work force, coupled to high profits, it could afford to do so easily.

IAG, BA’s owner also helped make a rod for its own back, as its been spending millions every day for months buying back its own shares. This effectively returns money to investors as profit – a few pounds to a handful of staff seemed even more miserly and unforgiving under the circumstances.