Virgin Atlantic and Unite the union have 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.”