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!)