No perks for BA strikers

British Airways cabin crew who took
part in the Unite union’s three-day strike will forfeit their travel perks
permanently, the company has confirmed.

Staff are eligible for free and
heavily discounted flights, depending on how long they have worked for BA.

Unite condemned the move, confirmed
in a letter to strikers, as “vindictive” and said it would challenge
it.

Meanwhile, the UK Supreme Court has
sent a dispute over BA pilots’ holiday pay to the European Court of Justice.

The striking staff had been warned
by BA’s chief executive Willie Walsh before they took part in the action on
Saturday, Sunday and Monday that they were at risk of losing the perks.

Hundreds of crew members are
believed to be affected.

A BA spokesman said: “Staff
travel offers heavily discounted travel to employees. This is a non-contractual
perk that the company can withdraw at its discretion.

“The industrial action
impacted on our operation and our customers and we will undoubtedly suffer
additional costs and further losses as a result.”

A spokesman for Unite said:
“This is the clearest possible example of BA’s bullying and contemptuous
approach to its employees. Cabin crew showed last weekend that they will not be
intimidated.

“Unite will challenge this
vindictive move in whatever way seems appropriate.”

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