gilesdavies
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EasyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Strike Action

Sat May 06, 2006 5:29 am

The union that represents easyJet Cabin Crew - The Transport & General Workers Union (T&G), are threatening the airline with strike action with regards to the latest pay offer they have made to cabin crew.

Members will be ballotted in the next two weeks and guess what? If they decide to strike, the union advised strikes will commence at the end of June and throughout July... When this will have maximum impact on the innocent travelling public, when the airline is likely to be at its busiest with families travelling to Europe going on holiday!

I have looked at the pay deal easyJet are offering and I think it is very generous, when you consider the airline is facing record fuel costs and the competition in LCC industry is more cut than ever.

easyJet Press Realease:

easyJet offers 8-10% two-year pay rise to cabin crew
easyJet has today written to its 2,000 cabin crew members outlining the terms of a substantial pay increase that would result in a settlement at twice the rate of inflation.
This reflects the important contribution that our cabin crew make to the success of the airline and delivering the easyJet experience to our 90,000 customers every day.
The two-year deal that we have proposed is a good one. For the current financial year to September 2006 it would give a pay rise of 3.5% and an additional guaranteed bonus of 2%. For the following year it would give a pay rise of a further 3% and another additional bonus opportunity of 2%.
Andy Harrison, easyJet Chief Executive, said:
“We have made a very good offer to our cabin crew reflecting the importance that we place on their contribution to the continued success of easyJet.
“This increase, which represents more than twice the rate of inflation, is a particularly good proposal in the context of record oil prices. With oil prices at these levels, how many airlines are offering their people a pay rise of twice the rate of inflation?
“We are particularly disappointed that the Transport & General Workers Union has chosen to stir-up unnecessary and damaging speculation on industrial action. This can only be detrimental to the interests of everyone at easyJet, including those represented by the T&G.
“They have not even yet taken the trouble to consult with their members on this offer.
“People are central to the success of easyJet and we want to work together with our people and their representatives to build a successful future.”


Not bad when consider my employers, a major bank released year end profits of £8.1 Billion pounds (up 18% on last year), and I got a generous 0.5% pay rise! I've not been offered the option to strike!

BUT the issue is not about the amount of the payrise, but they think it is unfair that cockpit crew were offered higher percentage payrises.

My personal opinion is the Trade Union should shut up, accept the payrise and be gratful they are being offered such a generous amount. At the end of the day even if the pilots are getting more, life in general in NOT FAIR and you have to put up and shut up!

(Apologies if you don't agree with my views and don't want to offend anyone, but it really annoys me when the unions spread misery to the public and at the end of the day we have to suffer!)
 
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RE: EasyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Strike Action

Sat May 06, 2006 11:16 am

Quoting Gilesdavies (Thread starter):
(Apologies if you don't agree with my views and don't want to offend anyone, but it really annoys me when the unions spread misery to the public and at the end of the day we have to suffer!)

I think the unions in France have a much better approach than those in England. For example, I have come across selective strikes on the railways timed to cause the minimum inconvenience to passengers (who, guess what, tend to support the union that is striking).

IIRC in Italy Alitalia decided that they would not have a strike during the time of the Winter Olympics because of the damage this would do to the country's prestige or reputation.

Not a good time, given the cost of fuel, for easyJet cabin staff to consider striking - if they are.
 
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RE: EasyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Strike Action

Sat May 06, 2006 11:51 pm

Why a rise of 3.5% and a guaranteed bonus of 2.0%. Why not just call it 5.5%, or am I missing something.

If you have a strike then there is no point having it off season, when management will not notice.
 
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RE: EasyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Strike Action

Sun May 07, 2006 1:34 am

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 2):
If you have a strike then there is no point having it off season, when management will not notice.

You are joking, aren't you, about management not noticing an off season strike?

Going on strike at peak demand periods does the greatest economic damage to the company you work for (and of course the greatest damage to its customers). If the strike is over pay, the company's ability to offer an increase in pay is reduced accordingly. Not a good idea in my opinion.
 
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RE: EasyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Strike Action

Sun May 07, 2006 1:46 am

I had always thought that U2 did not recognise any unions, other than the pilots' union. IIRC Stelios was quoted as once saying something along the lines that if you were a good employer, employees did not need Unions to protect them and easyJet was a good employer and a happy family. Besides, if unions are allowed to dictate working practices, part of the ability of keeping costs under control go out of the window. It seems that 75% of U2's cabin crew are union members, so obviously it changed somewhere along the line.
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HS748
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RE: EasyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Strike Action

Sun May 07, 2006 2:00 am

Quoting Art (Reply 1):
I think the unions in France have a much better approach than those in England

And what about Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?
 
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RE: EasyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Strike Action

Sun May 07, 2006 3:08 am

Quoting HS748 (Reply 5):
Quoting Art (Reply 1):
I think the unions in France have a much better approach than those in England

And what about Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

Sorry, should have said Britain or UK.
 
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RE: EasyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Strike Action

Sun May 07, 2006 4:15 am

I thought non-unionized cabin crews were one of the key features for LCCs... give them a couple more years and they will be on strike as often as their colleagues flying the legacy carriers.

However, I think LCC cabin crews deserve a decent wage, they have very long working days, lots of stuff they have to sell inflight and clean the cabins in 20 minutes between flights plus dealing with rude pax who complain because their £1 ticket doesn't include a hot meal and free booze...
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RE: EasyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Strike Action

Sun May 07, 2006 4:50 am

Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 7):
they have very long working days

Boo hoo! Working days are regulated by CAA CAP371 which details exactly how long any individual can be allowed to work on any particular duty day. These are not company rules, but regulation set down by a governing authority. These rules are clearly set out from day number one; if you don't like it, then get a new job!

Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 7):
lots of stuff they have to sell inflight and clean the cabins in 20 minutes between flights

You mean, doing their job? Again, if you don't like it get a new job!

Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 7):
rude pax who complain because their £1 ticket doesn't include a hot meal and free booze...

As someone who's worked in aviation for 12 years and for three very different carriers, I can tell you that no matter how much a person pays, they will always have something to moan about. It's a fundamental part of the "service industry". Nothing more, nothing less.
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