British Airways cabin crew have voted in favor of strikes because of a disputed over pay, the United union says.
The move comes after cabin crew rejected a 2% pay rise offer.
The action will begin after 21 December and Unite will meet in the coming days to finalize dates. The union has, however, not says whether the strike will affect travelers over Christmas.
The tension is high over pay and conditions of employees at the airline. About 80% of crew that took part in the ballot voted for action, forcing BA to return to the negotiating table.
The disputed concerns around 4,000 stuff who joined the airline since 2010 on “Mixed Fleet” contracts, who don’t feel they are being paid enough. More than 2,000 of them are part of the Unite union.
Advertised earnings were between £21,000 and £25,000, but, in reality, they start at just over £12,000 plus £3 an hour flying pay, Unite said.
In fact, according to a recent survey by Unite, half of Mixed Fleet staff have taken on second jobs to make ends meet, and more than two-thirds were going to work “unfit to fly” because they couldn’t afford to be off sick.
The same report said 84% reported experiencing stress and depression swine joining BA because of finanacial circumstances.
Some even admitted sleeping in cars between flights because they could not afford the petrol needed to get home.
Unite regional officer Matt Smith said: “Not only are the pay rates indefensible, but, in aviation, low pay is a safety issue”.