January 15, 2007 07:30 ET


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 15, 2007) - Amicus Britain's biggest private sector union will today challenge bmi airlines over pay at a tribunal in Reading today.

The union believes that bmi airlines are attempting to make unlawful deductions from its staff's wages contrary to the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996. The company have unilaterally reduced the cabin crew's bar commission from 12% to 6%, which they receive for on board sales and is paid to them through the monthly pay roll. Amicus believes this is a direct breach of contract.

Amicus has exclusive rights to represent the interests of its members at bmi and to negotiate on their behalf. The union believes bmi is endeavouring to remove this right.

Amicus Regional Officer David Kelly says,

"We believe that bmi are unilaterally reducing the pay of our members without consultation or negotiation. Amicus has no alternative but to use the law to enforce the rights of our members."

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    Ciaran Naidoo
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