Updates on the British Airways cabin crew dispute
The long-running dispute between British Airways and and its cabin crew is hopefully coming to a resolution. Recent news indicate, that there has been a major improvement in a key argument.
A breakthrough in negotiation
Insiders reported that the major dispute regarding seniority and cheap tickets has seen a breakthrough. Willie Walsh, the chief executive, has agreed, under particular conditions, to give the striking staff back the seniority together with the right to cheap flights. This was not the main cause of the strike, but recently it became the block, preventing further discussions.
How does seniority work?
The system, common for many airlines, allows the ones who have worked for the airline for longer, to easier get the cheap tickets. There is only a limited amount of these for all the staff. Seniority allows them to stand in front of the queue. This is very tempting knowing that you can get up to 90% discount on regular ticket price.
The punishment to the striking staff
The British Airways CEO has repeated many times that the striking staff will not have their seniority back. He admitted putting it back for the rest. Yet recently he changed his mind and agreed to give seniority back even to the striking. However it will not be available for them until April 2013.
Source: Channel 4 News
Jiří Parimucha, Oct 22, 2010
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