A STRIKE could cripple British Airways and spark travel agony for millions of flyers unless a pay row is resolved.
Dates for industrial action have already been pencilled in for May.
The unions have collaborated to ensure a walkout which would ground the airline unless the impasse is fixed.
Cabin crew are currently being balloted over BA’s latest “derisory” pay offer to staff – after the airline announced record profits.
Unite, the GMB and pilots’ union Balpa have rejected the firm’s conditional one year pay offer for 2019.
In a letter urging staff to reject the pay deal, crew were told by officials: “All staff have contributed to the success of our airline but our rewards for doing so have been little more than inflationary or self-funded (through increased productivity) pay awards.
“In difficult times that was perhaps understandable but in times of record profit, it is not.”
BA rejected the unions’ suggestion of a three-year pay offer based on the recognised increase in the cost of living – the Retail Price Index – as well as a new bonus scheme.
Union chiefs say a BA worker on £20,000 over a 10 year period would be paid £13,030 less under the airline’s salary hike plans.
Officials told the BA workforce: “As trade unions we simply cannot endorse this unjustified detrimental step at a time of record profits and this is why we have strongly recommended rejection of BA’s offer.”
If BA staff reject the pay deal in the ballot, which closes on March 11, they will be asked to vote for strike action.
And dates to ground BA have already been agreed in May.
One union boss said: “Staff will reject the derisory pay deal and vote to walk-out, no question. Stand by for months of travel agony and disruption.”
In the first quarter of last year profits in BA’s parent firm IAG rose to £250million.
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British Airways insists its pay offer would offer staff a minimum pay increase of £500, and said the three unions are going through separate processes.
A BA spokeswoman told The Sun: “Our pay proposal is fair, reasonable and reflects typical pay awards given by other companies in the UK.
“We continue open discussions with our trade unions.”
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