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December 20, 2007 09:36 ET

Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew Vote to Strike in the New Year

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2007) -

Attention: news, industrial and transport editors

Virgin Atlantic cabin crew have voted to take strike action for the first time in the airlines history in a dispute over pay. An overwhelming 71% of Unite members who took part in the ballot voted in favour of industrial action.

The action will consist of 48 hour strikes. The timing and dates of the action are as follows:-

0600 hours, Wednesday 9th January 2008 - to - 0600 hours, Friday 11th January 2008

0600 hours, Wednesday 16th January 2008 - to - 0600 hours, Friday 18th January 2008

Unite members are calling for a long term solution which addresses the pay differentials between Virgin cabin crew and the crews of its competitors. The staff believe that they have been undervalued for too long and Virgin are failing to recognise their professionalism and loyalty. Their pay lags behind many other airlines who fly the same business and holiday routes. Cabin crew staff working for British Airways can earn up to Pounds Sterling 10K more than Virgin cabin crew flying the same business routes. On holiday routes Virgin cabin crew can also earn considerably less than many of their competitors.

The ballot result follows protracted pay negotiations over the last seven months. In November, Unite members rejected the company's final pay offer of a 2 year deal with 4.8% in the 1st year and RPI in the 2nd year.

Unite national officer, Brian Boyd says,

"Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew have voted for strike action for the first time in the airlines history. They've not taken this decision lightly, they are a world class crew who've been undervalued for too long. They are seeking a long term solution to pay which recognises their loyalty and professionalism.

Unite is calling on Virgin Atlantic to get back around the negotiating table to get through this impasse and avoid disruption in the new year."

Contact Information

  • Unite (Amicus section)
    Ciaran Naidoo
    07768 931 315