British Airways Gatwick staff face lower pay

British Airways (BA) cabin crew staff based at Gatwick Airport may face decreased pay or redundancy by 31 October under plans for a revised staff structure.

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The shift will bring the Gatwick cabin crew teams’ structure in line with the rest of British Airways’ crews.

Some of the most senior crew members, cabin managers and pursers, were given letters last week informing them that they would have to accept lower-paid roles or opt for redundancy. Around 360 staff will be affected.

A British Airways spokesperson said: “We have been consulting with the cabin crew trade union for 10 months on proposed changes to senior cabin crew roles at Gatwick so that we have an operation that is sustainable, competitive and crucially ensures we will deliver a great service to our customers.”

Oliver Richardson, national officer at Unite, the union that is representing some of the affected cabin crew members, said: “We’ve put forward a number of different options to BA, but instead they are ploughing on with changes that will result in some senior cabin crew at Gatwick receiving a significant pay cut or losing their job. This is unacceptable.

“We would urge BA to think again and negotiate meaningfully to find a solution that meets its business needs while addressing the concerns of our senior cabin crew members.”