Unite to sue BA on ‘human rights’ claim

Unite to sue BA on ‘human rights’ claim

Unite has announced it will take British Airways to court in the latest instalment of the dispute. The union believes that the airline’s removal of cheap flights and other travel perks is a breach of European human rights legislation. It is thought that between 2,000 and 3,000 cabin crew had travel concessions taken away when they took part in strikes earlier this year. Several cabin crew live outside of the UK and use the discounts to get to work. BA said it had not received formal notice of the court action. In its latest deal, the airline had offered to restore the perk but said that those who went on strike would be treated as a new employer and lose any long-term benefits. “Staff travel is a non-contractual perk. Cabin crew knew if they took part in strike action they would lose their travel perks. We will defend our position vigorously,” added BA. Unite and BA are set to meet with Acas next week to resolve the on-going argument.

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