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Unite the Union

January 07, 2008 14:05 ET

Unite the Union Calls Off Planned Industrial Action at Virgin Atlantic

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2008) - Virgin Atlantic and Unite the union today agreed a resolution to the current dispute over pay. Unite has now called off the industrial action planned for 9, 10, 16 and 17 January 2008.

Both parties agreed that the prolonged discussions had been potentially damaging to the current relationship between the company, its cabin crew and the union.

The agreement includes a two-year deal with a 4.8% increase in year one and a guarantee of RPI in year two. In addition to the increases to crew trip pay, there is a commitment to review its calculation as of April 2009.

The deal also allows for previously-agreed increases to other variable elements of cabin crew pay and a commitment by both parties to review the current consultative structure.

Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, commented:

"We are pleased that both sides have managed to avert strike action that was planned for this week and next. The outcome is a triumph of common sense and means that our passengers need not worry about getting to their destinations.

"Our cabin crew are the best flying and continue to provide the highest standards of customer service. This agreement will enable us to focus on continuing to offer the best service to our customers."

Brian Boyd, National Officer, Unite, added:

"This agreement recognises the important contribution cabin crew make to the business and I am of the firm opinion that we now have the opportunity to ensure an improved relationship with Virgin Atlantic in the future."

Contact Information

  • Virgin Atlantic press office
    01293 747 373
    Website: www.virginatlantic.com
    Unite press office
    Ciaran Naidoo
    07768 931 315
    Unite press office
    Catherine Bithell
    07958 473 224 or 0207 420 8900