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easyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Summer Strike Action

Wednesday July 8, 2015

easyJet Cabin Crew Threaten Summer Strike Action

The summer travel plans of thousands of tourists could be left in tatters as easyJet cabin crew threaten to take industrial action over pay.

easyJet employs some 3500 cabin crew personnel and around one third of them belong to the Unite union, who have been conducting pay talks with the parent company for some weeks. To date reports of what easyJet have offered vary from a 2% to 4.1% pay increase for general cabin crew and 2.5% to 5.1% for cabin managers, depending on different news sources. Whilst also claiming that their employees already enjoy the best package in the industry with salaries averaging out at around £25,000 per year.

Unite however has rejected this offer, with spokesperson Kevin Hall stating; “Cabin crew have worked hard to make easyJet a success, enabling the company to record pre-tax profits in excess of half a billion pounds. At the same time, directors' pay has soared by over 18%.” Union members are now expected to vote on whether to take strike action next week, which could result in the airline´s first ever staff walk out.

easyJet representatives have pointed out that the majority of their flight attendants are not members of Unite and remain confident of operating a full service even if industrial action takes place.

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