Unite has announced it will take bmi to court in a row over promised pay increases. The union claimed that the airline has breached a contract after it deferred a third year of pay rises. bmi and Unite entered an agreement in 2007 that secured pay rises for three years but the airline halted 2009’s increase as it coped with the financial crisis. Throughout this period the union agreed to accept a deferral of the 4.75% rise until early this year, but money is yet to be paid to members. “Unite is lodging a high court claim against bmi because the company owes its employees a long overdue pay increase,” said Unite National Officer Brian Boyd. “Staff agreed to defer the increase to help the company during difficult times [but] they are still waiting for the company to honour its end of the bargain.” According to Unite, bmi said the pay rises would result in job cuts. “Constructive talks are continuing between bmi and the union and discussions are ongoing,” the airline told Travel Daily.