The on-going tiff between British Airways and the Unite union has heated as the third day of the strike by the cabin crew continues. It is being blamed by Unite that BA, after the members went on strike, hired the "world's most expensive cabin crew".
The job initially done by cabin crew members with salaries of £15,000 per year or £16 an hour, was now being done by pilots with £120,000 i. e. £166 per hour annually. But the charges were denied by BA as the airlines said that only a few pilots earned £120,000. BA is being blamed of making the pilots work as cabin crew members following the strike. The figures are concluded from a litigation deal of flying 900 hours annually, benefits and allowances, said Unite.
Len McLuskey, Unite Assistant General Secretary said that the members are being "misguided" and that the steps taken by BA were not helping the situation settle.
BA Chief Executive, Willie Walsh elaborated that their decision resulting in a good number of reporting staff, was a proof of the fact that the airlines is "flying expected contingency schedule".
BA predicted 75% of its passengers would continue to fly during the current strikes.