Trade union Unite is opening a ballot for members employed by easyJet to vote whether to take action over more pay. The ballot is set to begin next week and will run through to 3 August 2015. The union organised the vote after negotiations over pay increases with easyJet’s management broke down last Thursday.
easyJet tabled an offer of 4.1 per cent salary hikes for cabin attendants over the next two years and 5.1 per cent for senior cabin crew for the same period. An easyJet spokesperson said management had made five different proposals whereas Unite the Union representatives had basically come up with nothing at all.
Unite negotiator Kevin Hall said the 3 August deadline gave easyJet a large window to come up with an offer that was acceptable to its cabin staff. He said it was up to the low-cost-carrier’s senior managers to work something out.
Approximately one third of easyJet’s 3,500 cabin crew are members of Unite. easyJet says taking this figure into consideration means that the vast majority of its staff had not rejected the pay rise proposals on the table last week. The carrier released a statement urging cabin crew to vote against taking strike action.
If Unite members vote in favour of striking, it will be the first time in the airline’s two-decade existence. Any industrial action could seriously disrupt peak summer season flight schedules if it takes place immediately after the ballot votes are counted.