Friday, 16 September 2011

Potential payout likely for pilots and cabin crew

There is likely to be good news for pilots and cabin crew as a European court has ruled that holiday pay should be based on overall earnings not just basic pay. The case relates to a conflict between BA bosses and its staff and if the final verdict is given in favour of pilots and staff it could mean that other airlines would be affected. The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) claim that airlines might have to pay out £20m to pilots and £30m to cabin crew following the decision.

The general secretary of Balpa, Jim McAuslan said

"This is a major victory for all pilots in the UK, not just the 3,000 British Airways pilots who had their claims heard by the European Court of Justice.The calculation of holiday pay was a clear example of pilots being short-changed by their employers.We always believed that, under European working time rules introduced in 2004, pilots should be treated like other working people in the UK and should receive their proper pay during holidays.This should not be restricted to basic salary but should include allowances.British Airways and other UK airlines opposed us but, after a six-year legal battle, the European Court of Justice finally agreed with us.

Based on this BA judgement, Balpa will be seeking to agree similar holiday pay arrangements for pilots in other UK airlines."

A spokesman for BA said that it is awaiting the final decision from the Supreme Court. 

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