EasyJet has avoided a peak summer walk out by cabin crew by offering a revised pay deal.
The pay proposal includes a two year pay award of 4.1% for cabin crew and 5.1% for cabin managers backdated to January 2015, and an increase in holiday pay allowance for all cabin crew.
The Unite union recommended the deal to its members and the vote in favour lifted the threat of industrial action. Unite members voted by 52% to 48% to accept the improved offer.
The union’s regional officer Kevin Hall said: “While we are pleased that the dispute is settled and there will be no disruption for those jetting away on their summer holidays, this dispute is a wake-up call to the management.
“The company needs to start smelling the coffee about the pay and conditions of its staff that emerged during this dispute when it comes to future pay claims. This highly profitable company got away with a settlement by the skin of its teeth.”
The union had planned a ballot for strike action closing today (August 3) – posing the threat of a walk out during the main summer holiday flying period.
However, the budget airline said: “EasyJet is pleased to confirm that its UK cabin crew have voted to accept its combined pay proposal.
“EasyJet values the contribution its cabin crew make and is pleased to have reached a positive conclusion so that its crew can continue to provide the excellent, friendly service our passengers expect and they can have complete reassurance that their travel plans will not be disrupted this summer.”
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