BA’s “mixed-fleet” cabin crew began a 48 hour strike at midnight on Tuesday (10th Jan 2017) arguing that they are unfairly paid less than other BA cabin crew. “Mixed-fleet” cabin crew make up around 15% of the airlines stewards.
The Unite union said that all mixed fleet employees have been receiving around £16,000 a year since 2010, putting them amongst the lowest paid people in the industry and earning below the living wage.
BA have responded to the claims from the Unite Union, claiming that pay data suggests that earnings amongst the “mixed-fleets” crews is actually between £21, 151 and £27,365.
British Airways customers will still be able to travel during the strike, although some flights on Tuesday and Wednesday may be merged. Some passengers will also be asked to travel at times slightly earlier in the day than originally planned.
EU rules regarding entitlement to flight delay compensation state that airlines are only liable for delays and cancellations that were within their control e.g. when technical problems or staffing issues that should have been anticipated lead to delays.
Strikes are deemed to be out of the control of the airline and therefore are not a valid reason for a passenger to make a claim for compensation.