The trade union representing around 85% of British Airways cabin crews (BASSA Union) have announced today that they will ballot their members for industrial action. The row is centred on a pay rise, back dating to December 2003. Although the rise has been agreed between the management and BASSA union, BA management are insitant on the rise being linked to the unions acceptance of a new 'Attendance Management System' for cabin crew. This new system rewards employees financially who take less than a certain number of sick days per year. On the flip-side, there are harsher penalties for those who reach the 'trigger point' of sick days. The Cabin crew are the only workers within BA that have not signed up to the new company wide attendance management system. This is as we believe we cannot come to work with an illness such as a common cold, or following dental treatment where as an office worker can.
After several meetings at board level, it has been announced on the BASSA website today that they are in the process of sending Ballot Papers to members to vote on industrial action. It would affect BA long-haul flights from LHR and LGW and short-haul flights from LHR.