In light of today’s profits announcement by British Airways, BALPA, Unite and GMB believe it is long overdue that loyal staff who make the company a success share in it.

All three unions came together to submit a joint pay claim to the airline on behalf of all BA employees, from senior management to new recruits.

In a joint statement the unions said: “BA is quite rightly celebrating an historic birthday and has just announced another record-breaking set of financial results. The company’s extraordinary transformation – from a £230 million loss-making airline in 2009 to a £1.95 billion profit-making powerhouse in 2018 – is due in large measure to the outstanding contribution of BA employees.

“By ensuring that service to its customers remained world class – despite difficult changes, pay cuts and sacrifices made in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, including the voluntary closure of their final salary pension scheme - BA staff made these exceptional results possible.

“Cabin crew, pilots, engineers, terminal workers, office staff and managers are the backbone of BA’s powerful premium brand. In the bad times, they have given. Now that times are good, that loyalty needs to be repaid. A woefully inadequate pay offer is simply an insult to that sacrifice. British Airways is now in danger of losing the support of its own staff support and damaging its brand in this important centenary year.

“BA must end its austerity approach to pay negotiations, re-connect with its employees and deliver a pay deal that properly reflects its record-breaking profits.”

BA has offered a one-year inflationary increase, leaving its employees with no increase in real terms. All of BA’s 25,000 strong union membership are being balloted on this offer and all three unions have strongly recommended rejection. The joint unions are seeking an improved three-year deal with enhanced profit-sharing and the re-introduction of an employee share ownership scheme.

The negotiations are now at a critical stage, if an industrial dispute is to be avoided.


For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.